Standing up for California
Dianne Feinstein has built a reputation as an independent voice, working with members on both sides of the aisle to find common-sense solutions to the problems facing California and the Nation.
Dianne was first elected to the Senate in 1992. Since then, she has built a legacy of accomplishment — helping to strengthen the nation’s security both here and abroad, combat violence and crime, combat cancer, protect California’s environmental jewels, and secure funding for critical projects.
Dianne’s career has been one of firsts – she was the first woman President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman Mayor of San Francisco, the first woman elected Senator of California, and the first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Dianne also was the first woman to chair the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. In that capacity, she served as the Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Services – overseeing the official swearing in ceremony for our nation’s 44th President, Barack Obama.
This past year, Dianne became the first woman to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. She also currently serves on the Judiciary Committee; the Appropriations Committee, where she is the Chairman of the Energy and Water Subcommittee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; and the Rules and Administration Committee.
Dianne entered public service in 1969, when she was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors and served 2 ½ terms as President of the Board. She became Mayor of San Francisco in November 1978 following the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
The following year she was elected to the first of two four-year terms. As Mayor, Dianne managed the City’s finances with a firm hand, balancing nine budgets in a row. In 1987, City and State Magazine named her the nation’s “Most Effective Mayor.”
Today, she continues to work on critical issues and fight for the values we hold dear. She is working in the Senate to improve the economy, put our nation’s fiscal house in order and ensure that our nations stays safe from terrorist attack, and
Dianne has been in a leader in the Senate on the issues most important to Californians. Here’s just some of the work that she is most proud of:
Bolstering the Economy and Protecting Social Security
Jumpstarting the Economy – Dianne supported legislation that helped jumpstart the economy, create jobs, modernize our infrastructure, and help those most hurt by the recession.
Reforming Wall Street Oversight – Dianne voted to reform Wall Street oversight, offering peace of mind to investors and security to American consumers.
Reining in risky banks: Dianne was a leader in the effort to implement that implemented the Volcker rule, prohibiting banks from making risky bets using deposits backed by federal insurance.
Protecting Social Security – Dianne helped block President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security, preventing the dismantling of the most successful program in our nation’s history, which keeps half of our seniors out of poverty.