(WNY News Now) – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a prominent Democrat and the oldest member of the Senate, has died at the age of 90, according to confirmation from her office on Friday.
Washington D.C. – Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart Democrat who served as California’s senator since 1992, passed away on Thursday night at her residence in Washington, D.C. She held her Senate seat longer than any other woman and any senator from California. Her chief of staff, James Sauls, described her as a “force of nature” who left an indelible mark on the nation and her home state.
Throughout her distinguished career, Feinstein achieved significant legislative milestones, particularly in the realms of gun control and environmental policy. However, in her final years, she faced visible health and memory issues, leading to conflicts within her own party over her decision not to step down. Despite this, she had planned to retire at the conclusion of her current term in January 2025.
With her passing, the responsibility now falls on Governor Gavin Newsom to appoint a temporary successor. Colleague Senator Kirsten Gillibrand expressed deep sorrow, hailing Feinstein as a trailblazer and a dedicated public servant whose legacy will endure.