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Sep 29, 2023 | In The News

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en. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the longest serving woman in Senate history, passed away Thursday night at 90 years-old.

Democrats and Republicans alike came together to honor the lawmaker, offering their condolences and praise for the time she served in the upper chamber.

“Sen, Feinstein did an outstanding job representing the ppl of California,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, posted to X. “I worked closely w her as a member of the drug caucus & judiciary cmte. During the time I was chair& she was ranking Democrat we had a wonderful working relationship She’s a true public servant I’ll miss her.”

“Senator Feinstein was a trailblazer—a giant of the Senate—who dedicated her life to public service,” Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, posted to X. “Ann and I give our condolences to her loved ones, colleagues, and staff as they mourn her passing.”

“Senator Dianne Feinstein was a trailblazer who lived an incredible life dedicated to public service,” Sen. Thom Thillis, R-N.C., said in a statement. “She was one of the most effective legislators in recent memory because of her willingness to work across the aisle in good faith in order to solve complex problems. It was a honor to serve with her. Susan and I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Senator Feinstein’s family and staff during this difficult time.”

“Devastated to hear of the passing of my longtime friend, Senator Dianne Feinstein,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., posted on X. “Through her tenure in Congress, she was a leader for women’s rights and a trailblazer for women elected officials. My heart is with her entire family. Dianne will be terribly missed.”

In a separate post on her personal X account, Gillibrand wrote: “Dianne Feinstein was a force to be reckoned with. She was one of the most powerful voices in the Senate, and she blazed a trail for generations of women who followed her into elected office. I was so grateful to have her as my role model, my mentor, and a dear friend.”

Rep. Katie Porter, D, called her fellow Californian lawmaker a “trailblazer” for politics in the Golden State.

During a House Rules Committee hearing Friday morning, Chairman Tom Cole, R-Okla., led the committee in a moment of silence to honor the late senator calling her a “superb public servant and a very honorable individual.”

“The longest-serving female senator in our nation’s history, Senator Dianne Feinstein spent her career serving her community, defying the odds, and blazing trails for future generations of Californians. Despite our policy differences, I respect her service to our state and willingness to work across the aisle, as we were able to get funding for several vital local projects in my district across the finish line last Congress. My heart is with her loved ones and team as our state remembers her legacy,” Rep. Young Kim, R-Calif., said in a statement.

“Senator Feinstein was a monumental figure in Congress and paved the way for so many women to serve in the Senate,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-M.N. posted to X. “Throughout her career she drove change — she was a one of the first women mayors of a major city, a leader against torture, a pioneer in the effort to reduce gun violence, passing the first assault weapons ban in 1994, and a champion of the Violence Against Women Act.  I’m grateful I had the opportunity to serve with Senator Feinstein, and I know her legacy will endure. John and I send our deepest condolences to her family.”

“From leading an assault weapons ban to championing LGBTQ+ rights and becoming the first woman to lead the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees, Dianne Feinstein broke barriers and fought for the American people,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., posted to X. “My heart goes out to her family and loved ones.”

Feinstein had served on the Senate since 1992 and was the longest tenured Senator in California’s history.

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