Dianne Feinstein is an American politician, currently serving as the senior Senator from California. She is a member of Democratic Party. She has had a long political career, spanning more than three decades. She has also taken up a variety of administrative roles during her career. She has been the senior Senator from California since 1992. She has won continuously from 1994 to 2018.
In the last elections, Feinstein defeated her nearest rival Kevin de León by a margin of more than 925k votes. The runner-up was also from Democratic Party. In California, elections are governed by non-partisan blanket primary law. Voters are allowed to vote for any candidate, irrespective of their party affiliation. The top two candidates with highest votes then fight in the general election.
Early life and education
Dianne Feinstein was born on June 22, 1933 to Betty and Leon Goldman. She was born in San Francisco. Her father was a surgeon whereas her mother was a former model. She has mixed ancestry with her paternal grandparents belonging to Jewish immigrants from Poland. On the other hand, her maternal grandparents originally belonged to Saint Petersburg, Russia. Feinstein had studied at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. Later she joined Stanford University from where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in history.
Talking a bit about her personal life, Dianne Feinstein has been married three times. The first marriage was in 1956 to Jack Berman. This marriage ended in divorce three years later. Her second marriage was with Bertram Feinstein in 1962. Her second husband died in 1978 due to colon cancer. Her third marriage was in 1980 with Richard C. Blum, who is an investment banker. Dianne Feinstein is counted among the wealthiest senators in United States.
After college, Feinstein started working in San Francisco’s local government. Since then, she has continuously risen in her professional and political career. She has many firsts to her credit such as first woman mayor of San Francisco and first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
In her political career, she is the first woman to be elected as Senator of California. Other achievements include first woman to serve as ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, first woman to chair the Senate Intelligence Committee, first woman to chair the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Throughout her political career, Feinstein has been vocal on numerous topics of critical importance. Her legislative accomplishments cover a broad range of subjects spread across healthcare, environment and natural resources, national security, and crime and justice.
Dianne Feinstein remains committed to finding practical solutions for problems being faced by California and USA.