Senator Feinstein to Leave Congress

( – The oldest-serving senator and the longest-serving female senator announced on February 14th that she will be ending her political career in 2024.

California’s Democrat Dianne Feinstein announced that she won’t run for election in 2024, but that she will “accomplish as much for California” as she could during the nearly two years left in her term.

Feinstein first won office in 1992. Early in her political career, she was president of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and was the first person to find her colleague Harvey Milk’s body after former supervisor Dan White shot Milk dead. White also killed Mayor George Moscone, and Feinstein stepped in as acting mayor.

Referring back to her 2018 senate campaign, Feinstein listed what she called her priorities for “California and the nation.” She said she’ll continue to press issues including homelessness, drought, wildfires, and “access to” health care.

San Francisco has become notably more dangerous and dirty in the past several years, with many observers likening it to cities in third-world countries. The homeless, mentally ill, and drug-addicted appear to have free reign to set up encampments on public streets which are left unmolested by police. Pedestrians frequently have to avoid human feces on downtown streets.

Feinstein said she prioritizes “common sense legislation” to preserve the environment, fight gun crime, and encourage economic growth. In her statement announcing her pending retirement, she said she intends to use her seniority on the Appropriations Committee to get California what she calls “its fair share of funding.”

This will set California up for “the century of the Pacific,” Feinstein said.

With Feinstein’s seat up for grabs, several Democrats have already launched campaigns to become the next liberal senator from the Golden State. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Katie Porter, also a Democrat in the House representing California, have both announced their plans to run.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), called Feinstein “a legend.”

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