U.S. Democratic Senator of California who has been ailing for a while has died at the age of 90 at her home in Washington DC. The Senator who championed liberal causes was elected to the Senate in 1992 and broke gender barriers throughout her long career in Us politics.
Feinstein died on Thursday night one day after voting on the floor of the Senate to avoid a looming US government shutdown. Opening the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that “earlier this morning, we lost a giant in the Senate.”
“Dianne Feinstein was one of the most amazing people who ever graced the Senate, who ever graced the country,” Schumer said, his voice cracking. “As the nation mourns this tremendous loss, we know how many lives she impacted and how many glass ceilings she shattered along the way.”
At 90, she was the oldest sitting U.S. senator and member of Congress as well as the longest-serving U.S. senator from California. A former mayor of San Francisco, Feinstein was also the longest-tenured female senator in history, and the senior Democratic member of the Senate. In February 2023, she announced she would not seek re-election in 2024. During her final years in office, as she grew older and her health declined, prompting some members of her Democratic Party to call for her resignation.