Longtime member of the United States Senate, Dianne Feinstein has passed away.
Dianne Feinstein, a U.S. Senator from California, held the position since 1992. Prior to her tenure in the Senate, she served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988. A member of the Democratic Party, Feinstein has been known for her work on a range of issues, including gun control, environmental protection, and intelligence oversight. She was notably the primary sponsor of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004. Throughout her career, Feinstein has often been described as a moderate Democrat, and she has occasionally taken positions that put her at odds with the more progressive wing of her party. For instance, her stance on national security has often been more hawkish than that of some of her colleagues. In her role on the Senate Intelligence Committee, she played a pivotal role in the release of a report on the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program.