U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has died at 90

Mrs. Feinstein, who was the oldest sitting U.S. senator. She was a passionate advocate for liberal priorities important to her beloved state of California.

She was a pioneer

She was elected to the City of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1969. Mrs. Feinstein later became San Francisco’s first female mayor.

In 1990, Feinstein won the Democratic nomination for California governor, making her the first female major-party gubernatorial nominee in the state’s history; however, she lost the election to Republican Senator Pete Wilson.

She was elected to the Senate in Senate in 1992. While in the Senate, she became the first woman to head the Senate Intelligence Committee and the first woman to serve as the Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat.

Feinstein’s health visibly declined over the past year and this spring said she would not run for a sixth term but she remained steadfast about not resigning until the term was complete.

The year she was absent from the senate starting in February of this year for over two months while she was recovering from shingles. On May 11th she appeared at a business hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in a wheelchair and she appeared frail and confused. In August, the Senator was rushed to the hospital due to a fall she took at her home.

Feinstein married Jack Berman in 1956, She married her second husband, Bert Feinstein in 1962, who died from cancer in 1978. In 1980, she married investment banker Richard Blum, who died in February 2022.

In addition to her daughter, Feinstein has a granddaughter, Eileen, and three stepchildren.