US Senator and California Democrat Barbara Boxer on Thursday announced her decision to not contest re-election during the 2016 presidential polls.
Boxer, who is among the most powerful liberal voices in the Senate, announced her decision in a video post on her website.
In the video, the 74-year-old leader said that she will not contest the polls and her focus is to insure that only a Democrat replaces her.
“The Senate is the place where I’ve always made my case, for families, for the planet and the human race. Although I won’t be working from my Senate space and I won’t be running in that next tough race, as long as there are issues, challenges and strife… I will never retire, because that’s the meaning of my life.” Boxer said.
Boxer is the first senator who has declared her retirement ahead of the 2016 elections.
She will now be working towards gathering support for the Democrats to ensure their win in the elections. According to the video, she will use her fundraising committee, PAC For a Change, for supporting Democratic candidates.
Since 1993, she had been serving in the Senate. Before this, she was in the US House of Representatives for a decade.
Boxer has always supported the environmental causes and had been a leading voice for its protection. She has also chaired the panel dedicated towards handling issues related to the environment. However, she lost the post after the Republicans took over the control of the Senate in the mid-term election in November last year.