“Barbara Boxer and I were members of the House class of 1982 … I came to know quickly that Barbara Boxer was no ordinary public servant. She was relentless. I mean relentless. And dedicated and very principled.”
“I can say without hesitation, without any hesitation that Barbara Boxer has been one of the best and most effective environmental leaders in the history of this country and that says a lot. She has made California and this entire country a cleaner, healthier place.”
“I can remember writing her a letter in my longhand, my cursive, and in that letter, I told her a number of things, but here’s something I said, and it’s a direct quote: “Barbara, I have three brothers. I have never had a sister. You’re the sister I’ve never had.” That was what I said. To this day, we still refer to each other as brother and sister.”
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor paying tribute to retiring Senator Barbara Boxer of California. Below are his remarks:
I served in Congress now for 34 years. Throughout that time, I’ve tried to be pleasant and helpful to my colleagues. I feel very fortunate to have become personally close and friends with members of Congress from all over this great country.
Barbara Boxer and I were members of the House class of 1982. Such fond memories I have of that class. Tom Carper, Dick Durbin, and scores of others. We had a huge class.
At first glance, Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid had very little in common. She’s from California, a heavily populated liberal state. I was from Nevada, a much smaller state in area and in population. I was the only democrat in my state’s congressional delegation. But I was stunned when I was asked to join the huge California congressional delegation. Being from Nevada, being part of that largest congressional delegation in America was extremely helpful to me.
The Californians were good to me in so many different ways, just allowing me to be a part of their meetings every Wednesday morning. I was flattered when I was asked to be secretary-treasurer of that large delegation. I have so many memories of work we did together in California, Nevada. Howard Berman, who was the leader of that freshman class from California. He was the head of the steering committee. Don Edwards was chairman of the delegation, those meetings we had every morning. The Burton brothers and just so many others that went out of their way to help me.
But I came to know quickly that Barbara Boxer was no ordinary public servant. She was relentless. I mean relentless. And dedicated and very principled.
She was raised by hard-working first generation immigrants in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Brooklyn College, graduated with a degree in economics.
Over the decades we’ve gotten to know each other’s families very well. We talked about each other’s children,