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Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (/ˈfaɪnstaɪn/; born Dianne Emiel Goldman;[1] June 22, 1933) is an American politician and the senior United States Senator from California, serving since 1992. A member of the Democratic Party, she served as Mayor of San Francisco
Mayor of San Francisco
from 1978 to 1988. Born in San Francisco, Feinstein graduated from Stanford University
Stanford University
in 1955 with a B.A. in history. In the 1960s she worked in city government, and in 1970 she was elected to the San Francisco
San Francisco
Board of Supervisors. She served as the board's first female president in 1978, during which time the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone
George Moscone
and City Supervisor Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk
drew national attention. Feinstein succeeded Moscone as Mayor of San Francisco
Mayor of San Francisco
and became the first female to assume the position. During her tenure she led renovation of the city's cable car system and oversaw the 1984 Democratic National Convention. After a failed gubernatorial campaign in 1990, she won a 1992 special election to the U.S. Senate. Feinstein was first elected on the same ballot as her peer Barbara Boxer, and the two became California's first female U.S. Senators. Feinstein has been re-elected four times since then and in the 2012 election, she claimed the record for the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history, having received 7.75 million votes.[2] Feinstein was the author of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban
Federal Assault Weapons Ban
which expired in 2004. In 2013 she introduced a new assault weapons bill, which failed to pass. Feinstein is the first and only woman to have chaired the Senate Rules Committee (2007–2009) and the Select Committee on Intelligence from 2009 to 2015, when the Democrats lost control of the Senate. She is the only woman to have presided over a U.S. presidential inauguration.[3][4] At the age of 84, Feinstein is the oldest currently serving United States Senator.[5] With the retirement of Barbara Mikulski, Feinstein is the longest current-serving female U.S. Senator. In October 2017, Feinstein officially declared her intention to run for reelection in 2018.[6]


1 Early life and education 2 Early political career

2.1 President of the San Francisco
San Francisco
Board of Supervisors 2.2 Mayor of San Francisco 2.3 Gubernatorial election

3 U.S. Senate career

3.1 Elections 3.2 Approval ratings 3.3 Committees 3.4 Political positions and votes

3.4.1 Military 3.4.2 National security 3.4.3 Health care 3.4.4 Clean-fuel subsidies 3.4.5 Supreme Court nominations 3.4.6 Weapons sales 3.4.7 Mass surveillance; citizens' privacy 3.4.8 Assault weapons ban 3.4.9 Medical marijuana 3.4.10 Immigration 3.4.11 Iran 3.4.12 North Korea 3.4.13 Torture 3.4.14 Fusion GPS
Fusion GPS
interview transcript release 3.4.15 Controversies

3.5 Presidential politics

4 Awards and honors 5 Offices held 6 Personal life 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links

Early life and education[edit] Feinstein was born Dianne Emiel Goldman[1] in San Francisco, to Betty (née Rosenburg), a former model, and Leon Goldman, a surgeon. Feinstein's paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland. Her maternal grandparents, the Rosenburg family, were from Saint Petersburg, Russia.[7] While they were of German-Jewish ancestry,[8] they practiced the Russian Orthodox faith, as was required for Jews residing in Saint Petersburg.[7][9] Feinstein graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco in 1951 and from Stanford University
Stanford University
in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Early political career[edit] Prior to elected service, Feinstein was appointed by then-California Governor Pat Brown
Pat Brown
to serve as a member of the California
Women's Parole Board. Feinstein also served as a fellow at the Coro Foundation in San Francisco. President of the San Francisco
San Francisco
Board of Supervisors[edit]

Feinstein speaks at a rally in San Francisco's Chinatown in the late 1970s with husband Richard C. Blum
Richard C. Blum

In 1969, Feinstein was elected to the San Francisco
San Francisco
Board of Supervisors. She remained on the Board for nine years. During her tenure on the Board of Supervisors, she unsuccessfully ran for mayor of San Francisco
San Francisco
twice, in 1971 against mayor Joseph Alioto, and in 1975, when she lost the contest for a runoff slot (against George Moscone) by one percentage point, to supervisor John Barbagelata. Because of her position, Feinstein became a target of the New World Liberation Front, which placed a bomb on her window sill that failed to explode and which later shot out the windows of a beach house she owned.[10] She was elected president of the San Francisco
San Francisco
Board of Supervisors in 1978 with initial opposition from Quentin Kopp. On November 27, 1978, Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk
were assassinated by a rival politician, Dan White, who had resigned from the Board of Supervisors two weeks earlier. Feinstein was in City Hall at the time of the shootings and discovered Milk's body after hearing the shots. Later that day Feinstein announced the assassinations to the public.[11] As President of the Board of Supervisors upon the death of Moscone, Feinstein succeeded to the mayoralty on December 4, 1978. Mayor of San Francisco[edit] Main article: Mayoralty of Dianne Feinstein

As mayor of San Francisco, 1978–1988

Feinstein served out the remainder of Moscone's term and was elected in her own right in 1979. She was re-elected in 1983 and served a full second term. One of Feinstein's first challenges as mayor was the state of the San Francisco cable car system, which had been shut down for emergency repairs in 1979; an engineering study concluded that it needed comprehensive rebuilding at a cost of $60 million. Feinstein helped win federal funding for the bulk of the work. The system closed for rebuilding in 1982 and the work was completed just in time for the 1984 Democratic National Convention.[12] Feinstein also oversaw planning policies to increase the number of high rise buildings in San Francisco.[13] Feinstein was seen as a relatively moderate Democrat in one of the country's most liberal cities. As a supervisor, she was considered part of the centrist bloc that included Dan White
Dan White
and was generally opposed to Moscone. As mayor, Feinstein angered the city's large gay community by refusing to march in a gay rights parade and by vetoing domestic partner legislation in 1982.[14] In the 1980 presidential election, while a majority of Bay Area
Bay Area
Democrats continued to support Senator Ted Kennedy's primary challenge to President Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
even after it was clear Kennedy could not win, Feinstein was a strong supporter of the Carter–Mondale ticket. She was given a high-profile speaking role on the opening night of the August Democratic National Convention, urging delegates to reject the Kennedy delegates' proposal to "open" the convention, thereby allowing delegates to ignore their states' popular vote, a proposal that was soundly defeated. In the run up to the 1984 Democratic National Convention, there was considerable media and public speculation that Mondale might pick Feinstein as his running mate. However, he chose Geraldine Ferraro instead. Also in 1984, Feinstein proposed banning handguns in San Francisco, and became subject to a recall attempt organized by the White Panther Party. She won the recall election and finished her second term as mayor on January 8, 1988. In 1985, at a press conference, Feinstein revealed details about the hunt for serial killer Richard Ramírez, and in so doing angered detectives by giving away details of his crimes.[15] In 1987, City and State magazine named Feinstein the nation's "Most Effective Mayor." Feinstein served on the Trilateral Commission
Trilateral Commission
during the 1980s while mayor of San Francisco. Gubernatorial election[edit] In 1990, Feinstein made an unsuccessful bid for Governor of California. Although she won the Democratic Party's nomination for the office, she lost in the general election to Republican Senator Pete Wilson, who vacated his seat in the Senate to assume the governorship. In 1992, she was fined $190,000 for failure to properly report campaign contributions and expenditures associated with that campaign.[16] U.S. Senate career[edit] Elections[edit] See also: United States Senate
United States Senate
special election in California, 1992 and United States Senate
United States Senate
election in California, 2012

Official Senate photo from 2003

On November 3, 1992, Feinstein won a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated a year earlier when Senator Pete Wilson
Pete Wilson
resigned to become governor. The election was held at the same time as the general election for U.S. President and other offices. Barbara Boxer was elected at the same time for the Senate seat to be vacated by Alan Cranston. Because Feinstein was elected to an unexpired term, she became a senator as soon as the election was certified in November while Boxer would not take office until the expiration of Cranston's term in January; thus Feinstein became California's senior senator, even though she was elected at the same time as Boxer and Boxer had previous congressional service. Feinstein was re-elected in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. In 2012, Feinstein claimed the record for the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history, having received 7.75 million votes.[2] The record was previously held by her California
colleague Barbara Boxer, who received 6.96 million votes in her 2004 re-election. Approval ratings[edit]

Source Date Approve Disapprove Undecided

Survey USA January 17, 2011 43% 48% 10%

Public Policy Polling at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived May 15, 2011) February 2, 2011 50% 39% 11%

The Field Poll February 2, 2011 48% 33% 19%

The Field Poll June 21, 2011 46% 31% 23%

The Field Poll September 16, 2011 41% 39% 20%

Public Policy Polling November 16, 2011 51% 38% 11%


Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Defense Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development (Ranking Member) Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Committee on the Judiciary (Ranking Member, 115th Congress)[17]

Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law

Committee on Rules and Administration Select Committee on Intelligence

Political positions and votes[edit] Main article: Political positions of Dianne Feinstein

Feinstein with President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
and California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, October 25, 2007

Military[edit] On June 13, 1994, while delivering the commencement address at Stanford Stadium, Feinstein said,

It is time for a rational plan for defense conversion instead of the random closing of bases and the piecemeal cancellation of defense contracts. Otherwise, we risk losing, for both state and nation, the greatest resources of scientific, technical and human capital ever gathered together in human history.[18]

In 2017, Feinstein criticized the banning of transgender enlistments in the military under the Trump administration.[19] National security[edit] In 2012, Feinstein voted for the extension of the Patriot Act
Patriot Act
and the FISA
provisions.[20] Health care[edit] Feinstein has supported the Affordable Care Act, repeatedly voting to defeat initiatives aimed against it.[21] She has voted for regulating tobacco as a drug; expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program; overriding the president's veto on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP
eligibility; increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generic drugs; negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drugs; allowing re-importation of Rx drugs from Canada; allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages; including prescription drugs under Medicare; Medicare means-testing; etc. She has voted against the Paul Ryan Budget's Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts; allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare; etc.[22] Feinstein's Congress voting record was assessed as "88%" by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the figure ostensibly reflecting the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.[23] In an April 2017 town hall meeting in San Francisco, Feinstein stated[24][25] that

If single-payer health care is going to mean the complete takeover by the government of all health care, I am not there.

In July 2017, during a news conference at the University of California, San Diego, Feinstein estimated that Democratic opposition would prove sufficient to defeat Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[26] In August 2017, Feinstein wrote in an op-ed that President Trump could secure health care reform if he was willing to compromise with Democrats: "We now know that such a closed process on a major issue like health care doesn’t work. The only path forward is a transparent process that allows every senator to bring their ideas to the table."[27] Clean-fuel subsidies[edit] Feinstein co-sponsored (along with Tom Coburn, an Oklahoman Republican) an amendment through the Senate to the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011 that eliminated the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit. The Senate passed the amendment on June 16, 2011. Introduced in 2004, the subsidy provided a 45-cent-per-gallon credit on pure ethanol, and a 54-cent-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol. These subsidies had resulted in an annual expenditure of $6 billion.[28][29] Supreme Court nominations[edit] In September 2005, Feinstein was one of five Democratic senators to vote against Supreme Court nominee John Roberts
John Roberts
on the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying she still was not aware of Roberts' stances on certain issues such as abortion and the right to death.[30] In January 2006, Feinstein confirmed she would vote against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, though disagreed with filibustering the choice: "When it comes to filibustering a Supreme Court appointment, you really have to have something out there, whether it's gross moral turpitude or something that comes to the surface. This is a man I might disagree with, (but) that doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court."[31] On July 12, 2009, Feinstein stated her belief that Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor
was assured for confirmation by the U.S. Senate and praised her for her experience and overcoming "adversity and disadvantage".[32] After President Obama nominated Merrick Garland
Merrick Garland
for the Supreme Court in March 2016, Feinstein met with Garland on April 6, and subsequently called on Republicans to do "this institution the credit of sitting down, and meeting with him".[33] In February 2017, Feinstein requested Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch provide information on cases in which he had assisted with decision making regarding either litigation or craft strategy. In mid-March, Feinstein sent a letter to Gorsuch stating her request had not been followed up on.[34] Feinstein formally announced her opposition to his nomination on April 3, citing Gorsuch's "record at the Department of Justice, his tenure on the bench, his appearance before the Senate and his written questions for the record".[35] Weapons sales[edit]

Feinstein in 2010, as she hosted an event at her home attended by 5 members of the U.S. Senate

In September 2016, Feinstein backed the Obama administration's plan to sell more than $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia.[36] Mass surveillance; citizens' privacy[edit] On May 12, 2011, Feinstein co-sponsored PIPA.[37] In January 2012, Feinstein met with representatives of technology companies, including Google and Facebook. According to a spokesperson, Feinstein "is doing all she can to ensure that the bill is balanced and protects the intellectual property concerns of the content community without unfairly burdening legitimate businesses such as Internet search engines".[38] Following her 2012 vote to extend the Patriot Act
Patriot Act
and the FISA provisions,[20] and after the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures involving the National Security Agency
National Security Agency
(NSA), Feinstein promoted and supported measures to continue the information collection programs. Foreign Policy wrote that she had a "reputation as a staunch defender of NSA practices and [of] the White House's refusal to stand by collection activities targeting foreign leaders".[39] In October 2013, she criticized the NSA for monitoring telephone calls of foreign leaders friendly to the US.[40] In November 2013, she promoted the FISA
Improvements Act bill which included a "backdoor search provision" that allows intelligence agencies to continue certain warrantless searches as long as they are logged and "available for review" to various agencies.[41] In June 2013, Feinstein labeled Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden
a "traitor" after his leaks went public. In October of the same year, she stated that she stood by those comments.[42] While praising the NSA, Feinstein had accused the CIA of snooping and removing files through Congress members' computers, stating, "The CIA did not ask the committee or its staff if the committee had access to the internal review or how we obtained it. Instead, the CIA just went and searched the committee's computer." [43] She claimed the "CIA's search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution."[44] After the 2016 FBI–Apple encryption dispute, Feinstein, along with Richard Burr, sponsored a bill that would be likely to criminalize all forms of strong encryption in electronic communication between citizens.[45][46][47][48] The bill would require technology companies to design their encryption so that they can provide law enforcement with user data in an "intelligible format" when required to do so by court order.[45][46][47][48] Assault weapons ban[edit] Feinstein introduced the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which became law in 1994 and expired in 2004.[49] In January 2013, about one month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Feinstein, along with Representative Carolyn McCarthy
Carolyn McCarthy
from New York, proposed a bill that would "ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing or importation of 150 specific firearms including semiautomatic rifles or pistols that can be used with a detachable or fixed ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and have specific military-style features, including pistol grips, grenade launchers or rocket launchers". The bill would have exempted 900 models of guns used for sport and hunting.[49][50] Feinstein commented on the bill, saying, "The common thread in each of these shootings is the gunman used a semi-automatic assault weapon or large capacity ammunition magazines. Military assault weapons only have one purpose and in my opinion, it's for the military."[51] The bill failed on a Senate vote of 60 to 40.[52] Medical marijuana[edit] Feinstein voted in support of legislation to override a Department of Veterans Affairs' prohibition on allowing doctors to recommend cannabis to veterans in states that sanction its use as a medicine. The legislation was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 21, 2015. However, she was the only Democrat who joined a minority of Republicans in voting against a measure designed to prevent federal interference with states' medical marijuana laws. However, that legislation passed with a 21-9 vote on June 18, 2015.[53] Immigration[edit] In September 2017, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions
announced the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
program, Feinstein admitted the legality of the program was questionable while citing this as a reason for why a law should be passed.[54] In January 2018, in her opening remarks to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Feinstein said she was concerned there might be racial motivation in the choice by the Trump administration to terminate the temporary protected status, based on comments he made denigrating African countries as well as Haiti and El Salvador.[55] Iran[edit] In July 2015, Feinstein announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal framework, tweeting that the deal would usher in "unprecedented & intrusive inspections to verify cooperation" on the part of Iran.[56] On June 7, 2017, Feinstein and Senator Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
issued dual statements urging the Senate to forgo a vote for sanctions on Iran in response to the Tehran attacks that occurred earlier in the day.[57] North Korea[edit] In July 2017, during an appearance on Face the Nation
Face the Nation
after North Korea conducted a second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, Feinstein said the country had proven itself to be a danger to the US and stated her disappointment with the lack of response from China.[58] On August 8, 2017, in response to reports that North Korea had achieved successful miniaturization of nuclear warheads, Feinstein issued a statement insisting isolation of North Korea had proven ineffective and President Trump's rhetoric was not aiding in the resolve of potential conflict, additionally calling for the US to "quickly engage North Korea in a high-level dialogue without any preconditions."[59] In September 2017, following President Trump delivering his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he threatened North Korea, Feinstein released a statement disagreeing with his remarks: "Trump's bombastic threat to destroy North Korea and his refusal to present any positive pathways forward on the many global challenges we face are severe disappointments."[60] Torture[edit] Speaking on the Senate floor on December 9, 2014, Feinstein called the government's detention and interrogation program a "stain on our values and on our history", following the release of 600 pages declassified out of a 6000-page report about CIA methods.[61]

has original text related to this article: Senate Judiciary Committee Interview of Glenn Simpson

Fusion GPS
Fusion GPS
interview transcript release[edit] On January 9, 2018, Feinstein caused a stir when she, as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a transcript of the committee's August 2017 interview with Fusion GPS
Fusion GPS
co-founder Glenn Simpson about the dossier regarding connections between the president's campaign and the Russian government.[62] She did this unilaterally after the committee's chairman, Chuck Grassley, refused to release the transcript of Simpson's testimony.[63] She was derided by President Trump as "sneaky Dianne".[64] Controversies[edit] Feinstein was criticized in 2009 when she introduced a bill directing $25 billion to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
(FDIC) the day after the agency awarded her husband's company a contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.[65] Feinstein and her husband have been tied to questionable dealings between the world's largest commercial real estate firm and the U.S. Postal Service.[66] Feinstein has also been accused[by whom?] of abusing her position to award her husband’s companies billions of dollars in military contracts.[67][68] Presidential politics[edit]

The 2009 line outside Feinstein's office for unclaimed tickets to the First inauguration of Barack Obama

As a superdelegate in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Feinstein had declared that she would support Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
for the Democratic presidential nomination. However, once Barack Obama
Barack Obama
became the presumptive nominee for the party, she fully backed his candidacy. Days after Obama amassed enough delegates to win the Democratic Party nomination, Feinstein lent her Washington, D. C., home to both Clinton and Obama to have a private one-on-one meeting.[69] Feinstein did not attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention
Democratic National Convention
in Denver
because she had fallen and broken her ankle earlier in the month.[70] She chaired the United States Congress Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and acted as mistress of ceremonies, introducing each participant at the 2009 presidential inauguration.[71] Heading into the 2016 Presidential Election, Senator Feinstein was one of sixteen Democratic female senators to sign a letter, on October 20, 2013, endorsing Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
to be the Democratic nominee.[72] Awards and honors[edit] On 4 June 1977 Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein
was awarded the Honorary degree
Honorary degree
of Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Laws
from Golden Gate University
Golden Gate University
in San Francisco.[73] She was awarded the Legion of Honour
Legion of Honour
by France in 1984.[74] Feinstein was presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award for public service by the Woodrow Wilson Center
Woodrow Wilson Center
of the Smithsonian Institution on November 3, 2001, in Los Angeles. In 2002 Feinstein won the American Medical Association's Nathan Davis Award for "the Betterment of the Public Health."[75] In 2015 she was named as one of The Forward
The Forward
50.[76] Offices held[edit]

Public offices

Office Type Location Elected Term began Term ended

Mayor Executive San Francisco N/A December 4, 1978 January 8, 1980

Mayor Executive San Francisco 1979 January 8, 1980 January 8, 1984

Mayor Executive San Francisco 1983 January 8, 1984 January 8, 1988

Senator Legislature Washington, D.C. 1992 November 4, 1992 January 3, 1995

Senator Legislature Washington, D.C. 1994 January 3, 1995 January 3, 2001

Senator Legislature Washington, D.C. 2000 January 3, 2001 January 3, 2007

Senator Legislature Washington, D.C. 2006 January 3, 2007 January 3, 2013

Senator Legislature Washington, D.C. 2012 January 3, 2013 Ongoing

United States Senate
United States Senate

Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class

1993–1995 103rd U.S. Senate Democratic Bill Clinton Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules 1

1995–1997 104th U.S. Senate Republican Bill Clinton Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Rules 1

1997–1999 105th U.S. Senate Republican Bill Clinton Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules 1

1999–2001 106th U.S. Senate Republican Bill Clinton Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules 1

2001–2003 107th U.S. Senate Democratic George W. Bush Appropriations, Judiciary, Energy, Rules, Intelligence 1

2003–2005 108th U.S. Senate Republican George W. Bush Appropriations, Judiciary, Energy, Rules, Intelligence 1

2005–2007 109th U.S. Senate Republican George W. Bush Appropriations, Judiciary, Energy, Rules, Intelligence 1

2007–2009 110th U.S. Senate Democratic George W. Bush Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules (chair), Intelligence 1

2009–2011 111th U.S. Senate Democratic Barack Obama Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules, Intelligence (chairwoman) 1

2011–2013 112th U.S. Senate Democratic Barack Obama Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules, Intelligence (chairwoman) 1

2013–2015 113th U.S. Senate Democratic Barack Obama Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules, Intelligence (chairwoman) 1

2015–2017 114th U.S. Senate Republican Barack Obama Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules, Intelligence (vice-chair) 1

2017–2019 115th U.S. Senate Republican Donald Trump Appropriations, Judiciary (Ranking Member), Rules, Intelligence 1

Personal life[edit] Feinstein has been married three times. In 1956, Feinstein married Jack Berman (d. 2002), a colleague in the San Francisco
San Francisco
District Attorney's Office. She and Berman divorced three years later. Their daughter, Katherine Feinstein Mariano (b. 1957), was the presiding judge of the San Francisco
San Francisco
Superior Court for twelve years, through 2012.[77][78] In 1962, shortly after beginning her career in politics, Feinstein married her second husband, neurosurgeon Bertram Feinstein, who died of colon cancer in 1978. In 1980, Feinstein married Richard C. Blum, an investment banker. In 2003, Feinstein was ranked the fifth-wealthiest senator, with an estimated net worth of US$26 million.[79] By 2005 her net worth had increased to between US$43 million and US$99 million.[80] Her 347-page financial-disclosure statement[81] – characterized by the San Francisco Chronicle as "nearly the size of a phone book" – draws clear lines between her assets and those of her husband, with many of her assets in blind trusts.[82] In January 2017, Feinstein had an artificial cardiac pacemaker inserted at George Washington University Hospital.[83] See also[edit]

San Francisco
San Francisco
Bay Area
Bay Area
portal Biography portal Government of the United States portal Politics portal

Electoral history of Dianne Feinstein Rosalind Wiener Wyman, co-chair of Feinstein political campaigns. Women in the United States Senate


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Chronicle. Hearst. Retrieved January 28, 2013.  ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (January 24, 2013). "Senator Unveils Bill to Limit Semiautomatic Arms". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2013.  ^ O'Keefe, Ed (January 24, 2013). "Lawmakers Unveil New Assault Weapons Ban". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 28, 2013.  ^ Simon, Richard (April 17, 2013). "Senate votes down Feinstein's assault weapons ban". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 8, 2013.  ^ Egelko, Bob (June 14, 2015) "Feinstein very slow to ease opposition to medical marijuana," San Francisco
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Dianne Feinstein
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Roberts, Jerry (1994). Dianne Feinstein: Never Let Them See You Cry, Harpercollins. ISBN 0-06-258508-8 Talbot, David (2012). Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love, New York: Simon and Schuster. 480 p. ISBN 978-1-4391-0821-5. Weiss, Mike (2010). Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone
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and Harvey Milk, Vince Emery Productions. ISBN 978-0-9825650-5-6

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Op-ed archives at Project Syndicate Dianne Feinstein's Opening Remarks at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration at AmericanRhetoric.com, video, audio and text

Political offices

Preceded by George Moscone Mayor of San Francisco 1978–1988 Succeeded by Art Agnos

Party political offices

Preceded by Tom Bradley Democratic nominee for Governor of California 1990 Succeeded by Kathleen Brown

Preceded by Leo McCarthy Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from California (Class 1) 1992, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012 Most recent

U.S. Senate

Preceded by John Seymour U.S. Senator (Class 1) from California 1992–present Served alongside: Alan Cranston, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris Incumbent

Preceded by Vern Ehlers Chair of the Joint Library Committee 2007–2009 Succeeded by Bob Brady

Preceded by Trent Lott Chair of the Senate Rules Committee 2007–2009 Succeeded by Chuck Schumer

Chair of the Joint Inaugural Ceremonies Committee 2008–2009

Preceded by Jay Rockefeller Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee 2009–2015 Succeeded by Richard Burr

Preceded by Joe Biden Chair of the Senate Narcotics Caucus 2009–2015 Succeeded by Chuck Grassley

Preceded by Saxby Chambliss Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee 2015–2017 Succeeded by Mark Warner

Preceded by Chuck Grassley Ranking Member of the Senate Narcotics Caucus 2015–present Incumbent

Preceded by Patrick Leahy Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee 2017–present

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)

Preceded by John McCain United States Senators by seniority 7th Succeeded by Patty Murray

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California's current delegation to the United States Congress


Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein
(D) Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris

Representatives (ordered by district)

Doug LaMalfa
Doug LaMalfa
(R) Jared Huffman
Jared Huffman
(D) John Garamendi
John Garamendi
(D) Tom McClintock
Tom McClintock
(R) Mike Thompson (D) Doris Matsui
Doris Matsui
(D) Ami Bera
Ami Bera
(D) Paul Cook (R) Jerry McNerney
Jerry McNerney
(D) Jeff Denham
Jeff Denham
(R) Mark DeSaulnier
Mark DeSaulnier
(D) Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
(D) Barbara Lee
Barbara Lee
(D) Jackie Speier
Jackie Speier
(D) Eric Swalwell
Eric Swalwell
(D) Jim Costa
Jim Costa
(D) Ro Khanna
Ro Khanna
(D) Anna Eshoo
Anna Eshoo
(D) Zoe Lofgren
Zoe Lofgren
(D) Jimmy Panetta
Jimmy Panetta
(D) David Valadao
David Valadao
(R) Devin Nunes
Devin Nunes
(R) Kevin McCarthy (R) Salud Carbajal
Salud Carbajal
(D) Steve Knight (R) Julia Brownley
Julia Brownley
(D) Judy Chu
Judy Chu
(D) Adam Schiff
Adam Schiff
(D) Tony Cárdenas
Tony Cárdenas
(D) Brad Sherman
Brad Sherman
(D) Pete Aguilar
Pete Aguilar
(D) Grace Napolitano
Grace Napolitano
(D) Ted Lieu
Ted Lieu
(D) Jimmy Gomez
Jimmy Gomez
(D) Norma Torres
Norma Torres
(D) Raul Ruiz (D) Karen Bass
Karen Bass
(D) Linda Sánchez
Linda Sánchez
(D) Ed Royce
Ed Royce
(R) Lucille Roybal-Allard
Lucille Roybal-Allard
(D) Mark Takano
Mark Takano
(D) Ken Calvert
Ken Calvert
(R) Maxine Waters
Maxine Waters
(D) Nanette Barragán
Nanette Barragán
(D) Mimi Walters
Mimi Walters
(R) Lou Correa
Lou Correa
(D) Alan Lowenthal
Alan Lowenthal
(D) Dana Rohrabacher
Dana Rohrabacher
(R) Darrell Issa
Darrell Issa
(R) Duncan D. Hunter
Duncan D. Hunter
(R) Juan Vargas
Juan Vargas
(D) Scott Peters (D) Susan Davis (D)

Other states' delegations

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Non-voting delegations

American Samoa District of Columbia Guam Northern Mariana Islands Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands

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Current United States Senators

President: Pence (R) — President Pro Tempore: Hatch (R)


AL:    Shelby (R)    Jones (D)

AK:    Murkowski (R)    Sullivan (R)

AZ:    McCain (R)    Flake (R)

AR:    Boozman (R)    Cotton (R)

CA:    Feinstein (D)    Harris (D)

CO:    Bennet (D)    Gardner (R)

CT:    Blumenthal (D)    Murphy (D)

DE:    Carper (D)    Coons (D)

FL:    Nelson (D)    Rubio (R)

GA:    Isakson (R)    Perdue (R)

HI:    Schatz (D)    Hirono (D)

ID:    Crapo (R)    Risch (R)

IL:    Durbin (D)    Duckworth (D)

IN:    Donnelly (D)    Young (R)

IA:    Grassley (R)    Ernst (R)

KS:    Roberts (R)    Moran (R)

KY:    McConnell (R)    Paul (R)

LA:    Cassidy (R)    Kennedy (R)

ME:    Collins (R)    King (I)

MD:    Cardin (D)    Van Hollen (D)

MA:    Warren (D)    Markey (D)

MI:    Stabenow (D)    Peters (D)

MN:    Klobuchar (D)    Smith (D)

MS:    Wicker (R)    Vacant

MO:    McCaskill (D)    Blunt (R)

MT:    Tester (D)    Daines (R)

NE:    Fischer (R)    Sasse (R)

NV:    Heller (R)    Cortez Masto (D)

NH:    Shaheen (D)    Hassan (D)

NJ:    Menendez (D)    Booker (D)

NM:    Udall (D)    Heinrich (D)

NY:    Schumer (D)    Gillibrand (D)

NC:    Burr (R)    Tillis (R)

ND:    Hoeven (R)    Heitkamp (D)

OH:    Brown (D)    Portman (R)

OK:    Inhofe (R)    Lankford (R)

OR:    Wyden (D)    Merkley (D)

PA:    Casey (D)    Toomey (R)

RI:    Reed (D)    Whitehouse (D)

SC:    Graham (R)    Scott (R)

SD:    Thune (R)    Rounds (R)

TN:    Alexander (R)    Corker (R)

TX:    Cornyn (R)    Cruz (R)

UT:    Hatch (R)    Lee (R)

VT:    Leahy (D)    Sanders (I)

VA:    Warner (D)    Kaine (D)

WA:    Murray (D)    Cantwell (D)

WV:    Manchin (D)    Moore Capito (R)

WI:    Johnson (R)    Baldwin (D)

WY:    Enzi (R)    Barrasso (R)

   Republican (50)    Democratic (47)    Independent (2)

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Current chairs and Ranking Members of United States Senate
United States Senate

Chairs (Republican) Ranking Members (Democratic)

Aging (Special): Susan Collins Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry: Pat Roberts Appropriations: Richard Shelby Armed Services: John McCain Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Mike Crapo Budget: Mike Enzi Commerce, Science, and Transportation: John Thune Energy and Natural Resources: Lisa Murkowski Environment and Public Works: John Barrasso Ethics (Select): Johnny Isakson Finance: Orrin Hatch Foreign Relations: Bob Corker Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Lamar Alexander Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Ron Johnson Indian Affairs: John Hoeven Intelligence (Select): Richard Burr International Narcotics Control (Caucus): Chuck Grassley Judiciary: Chuck Grassley Rules and Administration: Roy Blunt Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Jim Risch Veterans' Affairs: Johnny Isakson

Aging (Special): Bob Casey Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry: Debbie Stabenow Appropriations: Patrick Leahy Armed Services: Jack Reed Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Sherrod Brown Budget: Bernie Sanders Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Bill Nelson Energy and Natural Resources: Maria Cantwell Environment and Public Works: Tom Carper Ethics (Select): Chris Coons Finance: Ron Wyden Foreign Relations: Bob Menendez Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Patty Murray Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Claire McCaskill Indian Affairs: Tom Udall Intelligence (Select): Mark Warner International Narcotics Control (Caucus): Dianne Feinstein Judiciary: Dianne Feinstein Rules and Administration: Amy Klobuchar Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Jeanne Shaheen Veterans' Affairs: Jon Tester

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Current statewide elected officials and legislative leaders of California

U.S. Senators

Dianne Feinstein Kamala Harris

State government

Jerry Brown, Governor Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor Xavier Becerra, Attorney General Alex Padilla, Secretary of State Betty Yee, Controller John Chiang, Treasurer Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction


Toni Atkins, President pro tempore Patricia Bates, Minority Leader


Anthony Rendon, Speaker Kevin Mullin, Speaker pro tempore Ian Calderon, Majority Leader Brian Dahle, Minority Leader

Supreme Court (appointed, retained by election)

Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice Ming Chin Carol Corrigan Goodwin Liu Tino Cuéllar Leondra Kruger 1 seat vacant, Associate Justices

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Chairmen of the United States Senate
United States Senate
Committee on Rules and Administration

Rules (1870–1947)

Ferry Blaine Morgan Frye Aldrich Blackburn Aldrich Spooner Knox Crane Overman Knox Curtis Moses Copeland Neely Byrd

Rules and Administration (1947–Present)

Brooks Hayden Jenner Green Hennings Mansfield Jordan Cannon Pell Mathias Ford Stevens Warner McConnell Dodd McConnell Dodd Lott Feinstein Schumer Blunt Shelby Blunt

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Chairmen of the United States Senate
United States Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence

Inouye Bayh Goldwater Durenberger Boren DeConcini Specter Shelby Graham Shelby Graham Roberts Rockefeller Feinstein Burr

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Chairmen of the United States Congress Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

Hanna (1901) Spooner (1905) Knox (1909) Crane (1913) Overman (1917) Knox (1921) Curtis (1925) Moses (1929) Robinson (1933) Neely (1937) Neely (1941) Byrd (1945) Hayden (1949) Bridges (1953) Bridges (1957) Sparkman (1961) Jordan (1965) Dirksen (1969) Cannon (1973) Cannon (1977) Hatfield (1981) Mathias (1985) Ford (1989) Ford (1993) Warner (1997) McConnell (2001) Lott (2005) Feinstein (2009) Schumer (2013) Blunt (2017)

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United States Senators from California

Class 1

Frémont Weller Broderick Haun Latham Conness Casserly Hager Booth Miller Hearst Williams Hearst Felton White Bard Flint Works Johnson Knowland Engle Salinger Murphy Tunney Hayakawa Wilson Seymour Feinstein

Class 3

Gwin McDougall Cole Sargent Farley Stanford Perkins Phelan Shortridge McAdoo Storke Downey Nixon Kuchel Cranston Boxer Harris

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Mayors of San Francisco

John W. Geary Charles James Brenham Stephen Randall Harris Charles James Brenham C. K. Garrison Stephen Palfrey Webb James Van Ness George J. Whelan Ephraim Willard Burr Henry F. Teschemacher Henry Perrin Coon Frank McCoppin Thomas Henry Selby William Alvord James Otis George Hewston Andrew Jackson Bryant Isaac Smith Kalloch Maurice Carey Blake Washington Bartlett Edward B. Pond George Henry Sanderson Levi Richard Ellert Adolph Sutro James D. Phelan Eugene Schmitz Charles Boxton Edward Robeson Taylor P. H. McCarthy James Rolph Angelo Joseph Rossi Roger Lapham Elmer Robinson George Christopher John F. Shelley Joseph Alioto George Moscone Dianne Feinstein Art Agnos Frank Jordan Willie Brown Gavin Newsom Ed Lee Mark Farrell

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Democratic Party


John McEnery Roosevelt Pelosi Brown Angelides Press Torres Burton

Gub./Lt. Gub. Nominees

Maguire/Hutchinson (1898) Lane/Dockweiler (1902) Bell/Toland (1906) Bell/Spellacy (1910) Curtin/Snyder (1914) None/Snyder (1918) Woolwine/Shearer (1922) Wardell/Dunbar (1926) Young/Welsh (1930) Sinclair/Downey (1934) Olson/Patterson (1938, 1942) Roosevelt/Shelley (1946) Roosevelt/None (1950) Graves/Roybal (1954) P. Brown/Anderson (1958, 1962, 1966) Unruh/Alquist (1970) J. Brown/Dymally (1974, 1978) Bradley/McCarthy (1982, 1986) Feinstein/McCarthy (1990) K. Brown/Davis (1994) Davis/Bustamante (1998, 2002, 2003) Angelides/Garamendi (2006) J. Brown/Newsom (2010, 2014)

Presidential primaries

2000 2004 2008 2016

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Patriot Act

Titles I · II · III · IV · V · VI · VII · VIII · IX · X (History)

Acts modified

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 Electronic Communications Privacy Act Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Money Laundering Control Act Bank Secrecy Act Right to Financial Privacy Act Fair Credit Reporting Act Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 Victims of Crime Act of 1984 Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act


George W. Bush John Ashcroft Alberto Gonzales Patrick Leahy Orrin Hatch Jon Kyl Dianne Feinstein Viet D. Dinh Joe Biden Michael Chertoff Barack Obama Eric Holder Chuck Schumer Lamar Smith Bob Graham Jay Rockefeller Arlen Specter Mike Oxley Dick Armey Paul Sarbanes Trent Lott Tom Daschle Russ Feingold Ellen Huvelle Ron Paul Lisa Murkowski Ron Wyden Dennis Kucinich Larry Craig John E. Sununu Richard Durbin Bernie Sanders Jerrold Nadler John Conyers, Jr. Butch Otter

Government organizations

Federal Bureau of Investigation Department of Justice Select Committee on Intelligence Department of the Treasury FinCEN Department of State National Institute of Standards and Technology Customs Service U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Non-government organizations

American Civil Liberties Union American Library Association Center for Democracy and Technology Center for Public Integrity Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Privacy Information Center Humanitarian Law Project

Authority control

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