Dianne Feinstein

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Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo 2.jpg
United States Senator
from California
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 4, 1992
Serving with Barbara Boxer
Preceded byJohn F. Seymour
Chairman of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 6, 2009
Preceded byJay Rockefeller
Chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded byJoe Biden
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byTrent Lott
Succeeded byChuck Schumer
38th Mayor of San Francisco
In office
December 4, 1978 – January 8, 1988
Preceded byGeorge Moscone
Succeeded byArt Agnos
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
In office
1970–1978
Personal details
BornDianne Emiel Goldman
(1933-06-22) June 22, 1933 (age 79)
San Francisco, California
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jack Berman (1956–1959; div.)
Bertram Feinstein (1962–1978; deceased)
Richard C. Blum (1980–)
ChildrenKatherine Feinstein Mariano
ResidenceSan Francisco, California
Alma materStanford University (B.A.)
OccupationUnited States Senator
Websitewww.feinstein.senate.gov
 
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Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo 2.jpg
United States Senator
from California
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 4, 1992
Serving with Barbara Boxer
Preceded byJohn F. Seymour
Chairman of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 6, 2009
Preceded byJay Rockefeller
Chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded byJoe Biden
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byTrent Lott
Succeeded byChuck Schumer
38th Mayor of San Francisco
In office
December 4, 1978 – January 8, 1988
Preceded byGeorge Moscone
Succeeded byArt Agnos
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
In office
1970–1978
Personal details
BornDianne Emiel Goldman
(1933-06-22) June 22, 1933 (age 79)
San Francisco, California
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jack Berman (1956–1959; div.)
Bertram Feinstein (1962–1978; deceased)
Richard C. Blum (1980–)
ChildrenKatherine Feinstein Mariano
ResidenceSan Francisco, California
Alma materStanford University (B.A.)
OccupationUnited States Senator
Websitewww.feinstein.senate.gov

Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein, born Dianne Emiel Goldman[1] (/ˈfnstn/; born June 22, 1933) is the senior United States Senator from California. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served in the Senate since 1992. She also served as 38th Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.

Born in San Francisco, Feinstein graduated from Stanford University. In the 1960s she worked in city government, and in 1970 she was elected to the 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 and City Supervisor Harvey Milk drew national attention to the city. Feinstein succeeded Moscone as mayor. During her tenure as San Francisco's first female mayor she led a revamp 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 which expired in 2004, and in 2013, introduced a new bill that would ban specific guns[vague]. Feinstein formerly chaired the Senate Rules Committee (2007–2009) and has chaired the Select Committee on Intelligence since 2009. She is also the first woman to have presided over a U.S. presidential inauguration.[3][4]

At age 79, Feinstein is the oldest currently serving United States Senator. She is the first woman to serve as the oldest United States Senator.

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Early life[edit]

Feinstein was born Dianne Emiel Goldman[1] in San Francisco, to Betty (née Rosenburg), a former model, and Leon Goldman, a nationally renowned surgeon. Feinstein's paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Poland, while her maternal grandparents, who were of the Russian Orthodox faith, were from Saint Petersburg, Russia.[5][6] Her mother also had either German or Jewish ancestry.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Feinstein graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School (California) in 1951 and from Stanford University in 1955 with a B.A. in History.

In 1956, she married Jack Berman (died 2002), a colleague in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Feinstein and Berman divorced three years later. Their daughter, Katherine Feinstein Mariano (b. 1957), has been the presiding judge of the San Francisco Superior Court for twelve years, through 2012.[8][9]

In 1962, shortly after beginning her career in politics, Feinstein married neurosurgeon Bertram Feinstein; her second husband 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 $26 million.[10] By 2005 her net worth had increased to between $43 million and $99 million.[11] Her 347-page financial-disclosure statement[12] – 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.[13]

Early political career[edit]

In 1961, Feinstein worked to end housing discrimination in San Francisco.[14] Prior to elected service, she was appointed by then-California Governor 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 Board of Supervisors[edit]

In 1969, Feinstein was elected to the 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 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, who placed a bomb on her window sill which failed to explode and who later shot out the windows of a beach house which she owned.[15]

She was elected president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978 with initial opposition from Quentin Kopp.

On November 27, 1978, San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated by a rival politician, Dan White, who had resigned from the Board of Supervisors only two weeks prior. Feinstein was close by in City Hall at the time of the shootings, and discovered Milk's body after hearing the gunshots and going to investigate. Later that day at a press conference originally organized by Moscone to announce White's successor, Feinstein announced the assassinations to the stunned public, stating: "As president of the board of supervisors, it's my duty to make this announcement. Both Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk have been shot and killed."[16]

Feinstein appears in archival footage and is credited in the Academy Award-winning documentary film The Times of Harvey Milk (1984). She appears again briefly in archival footage, announcing the death of Moscone and Milk in the 2008 film Milk. Feinstein and her position as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are also alluded to several times in the movie, and a portrayal of her character has a few off-screen lines.

As president of the Board of Supervisors upon the death of Mayor Moscone, Feinstein succeeded to the mayoralty on December 4, 1978.

Mayor of San Francisco[edit]

As mayor of San Francisco, 1978–1988

Feinstein served out the remainder of Moscone's term. She made no staffing changes to his team until she was elected in her own right in 1979. She was re-elected in 1983 and served a full second term.

One of the first challenges to face Feinstein as mayor was the state of the San Francisco cable car system. In late 1979, the system had to be shut down for emergency repairs, and an engineering evaluation concluded that it needed comprehensive rebuilding at a cost of $60 million. Feinstein took charge of the effort, and helped win federal funding for the bulk of the rebuilding job. The system closed for rebuilding in 1982 and reopened in 1984 in time for the Democratic National Convention that was held in the city that year.[17] Feinstein also oversaw planning policies to increase the number of high rise buildings in San Francisco.[18]

Perhaps because of her statewide ambitions, 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 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 1983. In the 1980 presidential election, while a majority of Bay Area Democrats continued to support Senator Ted Kennedy's primary challenge to President 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 Democratic presidential nominee Walter 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.[19]

In 1987, City and State magazine named Feinstein the nation's "Most Effective Mayor." Feinstein served on the 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 then 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.[20]

U.S. Senate career[edit]

Elections[edit]

Official Senate photo from 2003
Feinstein in 2010, as she hosted an event at her home attended by 5 members of the U.S. Senate

On November 3, 1992, Feinstein won a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated a year earlier when Senator 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]

SourceDateApproveDisapproveUndecided
Survey USAJanuary 17, 201143%48%10%
Public Policy PollingFebruary 2, 201150%39%11%
The Field PollFebruary 2, 201148%33%19%
The Field PollJune 21, 201146%31%23%
The Field PollSeptember 16, 201141%39%20%
Public Policy PollingNovember 16, 201151%38%11%

Committees[edit]

Political positions and votes[edit]

Feinstein voted for the extension of the PATRIOT ACT and the FISA provisions.[21]

Feinstein cosponsored (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.[22][23]

On May 12, 2011, Feinstein cosponsored PIPA.[24] 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."[25]

Assault weapons ban[edit]

Feinstein introduced the Federal Assault Weapons Ban which became law in 1994, but expired in 2004.[26] About one month after the murders of 20 children and 6 of their teachers in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Feinstein introduced a bill that does not expire, which received vehement opposition from the National Rifle Association."[26][27]

In January 2013, Feinstein along with Representative Carolyn McCarthy from New York proposed a bill that would "ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing of 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 exempts 900 models of guns used for sport and hunting (the exemption is for 2,258 specific shotguns and rifles).[26][27] Feinstein commented on the issue saying, "Massacres have taken place in businesses, law practices, malls, movie theaters, and especially schools. These massacres don't seem to stop, they continue on. Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, and Oak Creek. 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."[28]

2008 presidential politics[edit]

The line for unclaimed tickets to the inauguration outside Feinstein's office

As a superdelegate, Feinstein had declared that she would support Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. However, once 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.[29] Feinstein did not attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver because she had fallen and broken her ankle earlier in the month.[30]

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.[31]

2010 Gubernatorial election[edit]

Feinstein had been reported as considering a run for Governor of California in 2010 to replace term limited Republican incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger. A private poll in July 2008 showed Feinstein far outpacing former governor Jerry Brown, 50 percent to 24 percent, with Congressman John Garamendi at 10 percent.[32] A February 2009 poll showed that 36 percent of Democrats sampled in the poll said they would support Feinstein if she ran for governor. Brown earned 14 percent, followed by Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa, at 9 percent and 22 percent undecided.[33] By October, although undeclared, in a poll by Field Research she led the Democratic field with 52 percent of all voters and 68 percent of Democratic voters.[34] After months of speculation, Feinstein announced in February 2010 that she would not be running for governor.[35] Feinstein became campaign chair for Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate election which resulted in Boxer's reelection.[36][37]

Awards and honors[edit]

Feinstein was presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award for public service by the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian Institution on November 3, 2001, in Los Angeles.

Offices held[edit]

Public offices
OfficeTypeLocationElectedTerm beganTerm ended
MayorExecutiveSan FranciscoN/ADecember 4, 1978January 8, 1980
MayorExecutiveSan Francisco1979January 8, 1980January 8, 1984
MayorExecutiveSan Francisco1983January 8, 1984January 8, 1988
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.1992November 4, 1992January 3, 1995
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.1994January 3, 1995January 3, 2001
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.2000January 3, 2001January 3, 2007
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.2006January 3, 2007January 3, 2013
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.2012January 3, 2013Ongoing
United States Senate service
DatesCongressChamberMajorityPresidentCommitteesClass
1993–1995103rdU.S. SenateDemocraticBill ClintonRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence1
1995–1997104thU.S. SenateRepublicanBill ClintonRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence1
1997–1999105thU.S. SenateRepublicanBill ClintonRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence1
1999–2001106thU.S. SenateRepublicanBill ClintonRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence1
2001–2003107thU.S. SenateDemocraticGeorge W. BushRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence1
2003–2005108thU.S. SenateRepublicanGeorge W. BushRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence1
2005–2007109thU.S. SenateRepublicanGeorge W. BushRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence1
2007–2009110thU.S. SenateDemocraticGeorge W. BushRules (chair), Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence1
2009–2011111thU.S. SenateDemocraticBarack ObamaRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence (chair)1
2011–2013112thU.S. SenateDemocraticBarack ObamaRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence (chair)1
2013–present113thU.S. SenateDemocraticBarack ObamaRules, Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence (chair)1

Electoral history[edit]

California gubernatorial election, 1990
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanPete Wilson3,791,90449.2
DemocraticDianne Feinstein3,525,19745.8
LibertarianDennis Thompson145,6281.9
American IndependentJerome McCready139,6611.8
Peace and FreedomMaria Elizabeth Munoz96,8421.3
Total votes7,699,232 %
Majority266,7073.4
Turnout
Republican holdSwing
United States Senate special election in California, 1992
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticDianne Feinstein5,853,65154.3
RepublicanJohn F. Seymour (incumbent)4,093,50138.0
Peace and FreedomGerald Horne305,6972.8
American IndependentPaul Meeuwenberg281,9732.6
LibertarianRichard Benjamin Boddie247,7992.3
Total votes10,782,621 %
Majority1,760,05016.3
Turnout
Democratic gain from RepublicanSwing
United States Senate election in California, 1994
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticDianne Feinstein (incumbent)3,979,15246.7−7.6
RepublicanMichael Huffington3,817,02544.8+6.8
Peace and FreedomElizabeth Cervantes Barron255,3013.0+0.2
LibertarianRichard Benjamin Boddie179,1002.1−0.6
American IndependentPaul Meeuwenberg142,7711.7−0.9
GreenBarbara Blong140,5671.7+1.7
Total votes8,513,916 %
Majority162,1271.9−14.4
Turnout
Democratic holdSwing−14.4
United States Senate election in California, 2000
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticDianne Feinstein (incumbent)5,932,52255.8+9.1
RepublicanTom Campbell3,886,85336.6−8.2
GreenMedea Susan Benjamin326,8283.1+1.4
LibertarianGail Lightfoot187,7181.8−0.3
American IndependentDianne Beall Templin134,5981.3−0.4
ReformJose Luis Olivares Camahort96,5520.9+0.9
Natural LawBrian M. Rees58,5370.5+0.5
Total votes10,623,608 %
Majority2,045,66919.2+17.3
Turnout
Democratic holdSwing+17.3
United States Senate election in California, 2006
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticDianne Feinstein (incumbent)5,076,28959.4+3.6
RepublicanDick Mountjoy2,990,82235.0−1.6
GreenTodd Chretien147,0741.7−1.4
LibertarianMichael S. Metti133,8511.6−0.2
Peace and FreedomMarsha Feinland117,7641.4+1.4
American IndependentDon J. Grundmann75,3500.9−0.4
Total votes8,541,150 %
Majority2,085,46724.4+5.2
Turnout
Democratic holdSwing+5.2
United States Senate election in California, 2012
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticDianne Feinstein (incumbent)7,748,99462.5+3.1
RepublicanElizabeth Emken4,650,99437.5+2.5
Majority3,098,00025+.6
Turnout12,399,988semi-official
Democratic holdSwing+.6

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fe". Real Names of Famous Folk. Retrieved November 11, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Charles Mahtesian (26 November 2012). "Feinstein's record: 7.3 million votes". Politico (Politico). Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Feinstein plays key role". San Diego Union-Tribune. January 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Millions witness moment". The Straits Times ((Singapore)). Associated Press and Agence France-Presse. January 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  5. ^ Slater, Robert; Elinor Slater (2004). Great Jewish Women. Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers. p. 78. 
  6. ^ a b [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "Presiding Judge". Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  9. ^ "Katherine Feinstein retiring as judge", San Francisco Chronicle, December 19, 2012
  10. ^ Loughlin, Sean; Robert Yoon (2003-06-13). "Millionaires populate U.S. Senate". CNN. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  11. ^ "Personal Financial Disclosures Summary: 2005". opensecrets.org. Archived from the original on April 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  12. ^ "Senate Public Financial Disclosure Report for Senator Diane Feinstein" (PDF). U.S. Senate/Washington Post. 2006-06-09. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  13. ^ Coile, Zachary (2004-06-26). "Bay lawmakers among wealthiest". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  14. ^ Clarence Johnson (1995-10-24). "PAGE ONE – It's Brown vs. Brown Ex-speaker's reputation helps, hinders him". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  15. ^ Talbot, David (2012). Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 480. ISBN 978-1-4391-0821-5. 
  16. ^ "The Times of Harvey Milk". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  17. ^ "Museums in Motion - 1984: Rejuvenation". Market Street Railway. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  18. ^ Andrew Stevens. "Gavin Newsom Mayor of San Francisco". City Mayors. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  19. ^ "The Night Stalker: Serial Killer Richard Ramirez". Court TV. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  20. ^ "Enforcement Cases: F". California Fair Political Practices Commission. Archived from the original on April 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  21. ^ "ontheissues.org: Vote number 11-SV019 extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps on Feb 17, 2011 regarding bill H.514 FISA Sunsets Extension Act Results: Passed 86-12". Retrieved 22 Dec 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.mcphersonsentinel.com/news/x2108616414/Fight-over-ethanol-brewing-in-D-C
  23. ^ "Historic Anti-Corn Ethanol Amendment Faces Uphill Battle". Reuters. June 23, 2011. 
  24. ^ http://thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:SN00968:@@@P THOMAS.gov
  25. ^ Lochead, Carolyn (January 17, 2012). "Debate over Internet piracy legislation heats up". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ a b c Freedman, Dan (January 24, 2013). "Sen. Feinstein rolls out gun ban measure". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst). Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  27. ^ a b Steinhauer, Jennifer (January 24, 2013). "Senator Unveils Bill to Limit Semiautomatic Arms". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  28. ^ O'Keefe, Ed (January 24, 2013). "Lawmakers Unveil New Assault Weapons Ban". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Obama-Clinton meeting held at Dianne Feinstein's home.". CNN. 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  30. ^ "Feinstein Breaks Ankle, Cancels Convention Trip". CNN. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  31. ^ Davies, Frank (January 20, 2009). "Obama warns of tough times, promises 'new era of responsibility'". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  32. ^ Coile, Zachary (29 August 2008). "Feinstein considers run for governor in 2010". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  33. ^ [3][dead link]
  34. ^ "The Field Poll" (PDF). Field Research Corp. October 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  35. ^ Bunia, Dena (17 February 2010). "Feinstein rules out race for governor". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  36. ^ Woodruff, Judy (October 28, 2010). "Transcript". PBS Newshour (MacNeil/Lehrer Productions). Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  37. ^ Britt, Russ (November 3, 2010). "Fiorina finally concedes in California Senate race". MarketWatch (Dow Jones). Retrieved November 3, 2010. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Moscone
Mayor of San Francisco
1978–1988
Succeeded by
Art Agnos
Preceded by
Trent Lott
Mississippi
Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Chuck Schumer
New York
Preceded by
Trent Lott
Chairman of the United States Congress Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
2008
Succeeded by
Chuck Schumer
Preceded by
Jay Rockefeller
West Virginia
Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee
2009–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joe Biden
Delaware
Chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus
2009–present
Incumbent
United States Senate
Preceded by
John F. Seymour
United States Senator (Class 1) from California
November 4, 1992 – present
Served alongside: Alan Cranston, Barbara Boxer
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Bradley
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California
1990
Succeeded by
Kathleen Brown
Preceded by
Leo T. McCarthy
Democratic Party nominee for United States Senator from California (Class 1)
1992, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012
Succeeded by
Most recent
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Harry Reid
D-Nevada
United States Senators by seniority
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Barbara Boxer
D-California