Senator Dianne Feinstein Passes Away

September 29, 2023

“She left a legacy that is undeniable and extraordinary.”

Dianne Feinstein’s chief of staff James Sauls. On Friday, Sauls said United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, 90, “passed away last night at her home in Washington, D.C.”

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein passed away at the age of 90. Feinstein was the oldest serving senator, who was first elected to the senate in 1992 when she became one of the first two women to serve in the Senate for her state. Described by many as a “trailblazer,” she was also the first woman to lead the Senate Intelligence Committee and the first woman to be the Judiciary committee’s highest-ranking Democrat.

While Feinstein advocated for her state’s priorities, including reproductive rights, environmental protection, and gun control, she was also “known as a pragmatic lawmaker who reached out to Republicans and sought middle ground” (The Associated Press).

Before serving more than 30 years in the Senate, Feinstein grew up in San Francisco, later studying history at Stanford University. After graduating and becoming a mother, she served in her hometown, eventually becoming the first female president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. After two political assassinations including San Francisco’s mayor, Feinstein became the interim mayor of the city in 1978. She later won the election and re-election, serving as the first female mayor of the city for 10 years.

Feinstein is survived by her daughter, granddaughter and three stepchildren.

James Sauls’ full statement:

“Sadly, Senator Feinstein passed away last night at her home in Washington, D.C. Her passing is a great loss for so many, from those who loved and cared for her to the people of California that she dedicated her life to serving. Senator Feinstein never backed away from a fight for what was just and right. At the same time, she was always willing to work with anyone, even those she disagreed with, if it meant bettering the lives of Californians or the betterment of our nation. There are few women who can be called senator, chairman, mayor, wife, mom and grandmother. Senator Feinstein was a force of nature who made an incredible impact on our country and her home state. She left a legacy that is undeniable and extraordinary. There is much to say about who she was and what she did, but for now, we are going to grieve the passing of our beloved boss, mentor and friend.”

Dianne Feinstein, California’s longest-serving senator, dies at 90

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas