California Sen. Dianne Feinstein Dies of Natural Causes at 90
Dianne Feinstein’s cause of death revealed: Democratic Senator died of natural causes at 2 a.m. Friday (September 29, 2023) at her home in Washington.
“There are few women who can be called senator, chairman, mayor, wife, mom and grandmother. Senator Feinstein was a force of nature who made an incredible impact on our country and her home state,” her chief of staff, James Sauls, said in a statement.
President Joe Biden said in a statement, “She had an immense impact on younger female leaders for whom she generously opened doors.”
“Dianne was tough, sharp, always prepared, and never pulled a punch, but she was also a kind and loyal friend, and that’s what Jill and I will miss the most,” he added.
Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein was born on June 22, 1933, in San Francisco. She served as a United States senator from California for 31 years from 1992 until her death in 2023.
A member of the Democratic Party, Feinstein previously served as mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.
She graduated from Stanford University in 1955. In 1969, she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and served as the board’s first female president in 1978.
Feinstein succeeded George Moscone as mayor and became the first woman to serve in that position.
During her tenure, Feinstein led the renovation of the city’s cable car system and also oversaw the 1984 Democratic National Convention.
Despite a recall attempt in 1983, she was a famous mayor and was named the most effective mayor in the country by City & State in 1987
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Dianne Feinstein’s Cause of Death is Clear
Long-serving US Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein’s cause of death is natural causes. Her chief of staff, James Sauls, confirmed the heartbreaking news.
Feinstein was elected to the U.S. Senate in a 1992 special election. She became California’s first female U.S. senator in November 1992; and shortly afterward, she became the state’s senior senator.
By the time of her death, Feinstein was the oldest sitting U.S. senator and member of Congress. She intended to retire at the end of her current term in January 2025.
Feinstein’s death leaves it to Gavin Newsom to appoint a temporary successor. Three leading Democrats are seeking the seat, Reps. Katie Porter, Barbara Lee, and Adam Schiff.
Gov. Gavin Newsom in a statement called Feinstein “a political giant, whose tenacity was matched by her grace.”
“She broke down barriers and glass ceilings, but never lost her belief in the spirit of political cooperation. There is simply nobody who possessed the poise, gravitas, and fierceness of Dianne Feinstein,” he said.
Newsom said he and his wife “are deeply saddened by her passing, and we will mourn with her family in this difficult time.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said: “We lost a giant in the Senate. Today, there are 25 women serving in this chamber, and every one of them will admit they stand on Dianne’s shoulders.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the former speaker of the House, grew emotional as she said: It’s a very sad day for all of us. May she rest in peace.”
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