Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California dies at 90
By Michael Blood and Mary Clare Jalonick
Published: Sep 29, 2023 at 8:01 am
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a centrist Democrat who was elected to the Senate in 1992 in the “Year of the Woman” and broke gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics, has died. She was 90.
Three people familiar with the situation confirmed her death to The Associated Press on Friday.
Feinstein, the oldest sitting U.S. senator, was a passionate advocate for liberal priorities important to her state — including environmental protection, reproductive rights and gun control — but was also known as a pragmatic lawmaker who reached out to Republicans and sought middle ground.
She was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1969 and became its first female president in 1978, the same year Mayor George Moscone was gunned down alongside Supervisor Harvey Milk at City Hall by Dan White, a disgruntled former supervisor. Feinstein found Milk’s body.
After Moscone’s death, Feinstein became San Francisco’s first female mayor. In the Senate, she was one of California’s first two female senators, the first woman to head the Senate Intelligence Committee and the first woman to serve as the Judiciary committee’s top Democrat.
Although Feinstein was not always embraced by the feminist movement, her experiences colored her outlook through her five decades in politics.
The Recount (@therecount) posted at 7:47 AM on Fri, Sep 29, 2023:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has died at the age of 90.
“She was the first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman mayor of San Francisco, and one of two of the first women elected to the U.S. Senate from California.”
Jennifer Truthful, Not Neutral Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) posted at 7:53 AM on Fri, Sep 29, 2023:
I will remember her as a rock after the horrible double murder in SF and fearless advocate for gun safety. She was a trailblazer. Her last years do not define a life of public service.