According to CNN, the long-serving Boxer said that she is stepping down from the Senate, but has no plans to retire.
“I am never going to retire,” Boxer said. “The work is too important.”
She intends to channel her energy into her PAC for Change group and to ensure that the White House and her Senate seat stay in Democratic hands in the next election cycle.
Boxer, 74, said that her age has nothing to do with her decision.
“Some people are old at 40, some people are young at 80. I feel as young as I did when I got elected. I was in my 50s,” Boxer said.
Boxer closed an interview with CNN with a series of rhymes, saying, “The Senate is the place where I’ve always made my case. For families, for the planet and the human race. More than 20 years in a job I love, thanks to California and the Lord above. So although I wont be working from my senate space and I wont’ be running in that next tough race. As long as there are issues and challenges and strife, I will never retire because that’s the meaning of my life.”
After 24 years, Boxer is moving on. Who will replace her?
The smart money is on Attorney General Kamala Harris, or Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has already said that he's not looking to replace Boxer. Any of the three could take a crack at it I guess but with Gov. Jerry Brown term limited in 2018, that leaves the Governor's Mansion in an open race too. It's also very possible that California's other senator Dianne Feinstein will retire in 2018 as well and not seek a fifth term, meaning if 2016 doesn't work out, 2018 will provide opportunities.
Of course, Scott Brown could show up and lose a Senate race in a third state too.