Veteran senator Dianne Feinstein passed away yesterday (Friday) at the age of 90. She served in the US Senate on behalf of the state of California between 1992 and 2023 and is the longest serving.
Feinstein is the first woman to chair the Senate Rules Committee (2007–2009) and the Select Committee on Intelligence (2009–2015). During her long public career, she served as mayor of San Francisco for a decade between 1978-1988 after the previous mayor was assassinated.
She also investigated the Central Intelligence Agency's detention and interrogation program after the September 11 attacks. In February 2023, Feinstein announced that she would not seek re-election in 2024 and that she intended to retire at the end of her term.
Feinstein, born Emiel Goldman, has Jewish roots, her paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland. Also, her maternal grandfather, the Rosenbergs, were from St. Petersburg, Russia.