Senator Boxer said: "President Obama's speech tonight was inspiring, unifying and visionary.
"He addressed two major issues facing our nation - job creation and deficit reduction. And he rightly continued his call for civility in our discourse.
"Throughout his speech, he drew on the American tradition of rising to challenges through our ability to innovate and work hard.
"The President's priorities are in line with California's priorities. We need a clean-energy economy that will create good jobs and keep us at the forefront of the world. We need a top-notch education system that spans from Head Start to college. We need roads, bridges, high-speed rail and other infrastructure that transport people and goods efficiently in order to move our country forward.
"The President clearly stated his intention to pursue fair deficit reduction, which I support, and he also inspired us to continue working across party lines in order to meet the many challenges required of us. I look forward to working with him and my Congressional colleagues to reach these goals and make our nation stronger."