Committee Assignments Of Dianne Feinstein Senator

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator
from California

Incumbent

Assumed office
November 4, 1992
Serving with Kamala Harris
Preceded byJohn F. Seymour
Ranking Member of the
Senate Judiciary Committee

Incumbent

Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byPatrick Leahy
Vice Chair of the
Senate Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017
Preceded bySaxby Chambliss
Succeeded byMark Warner
Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byJay Rockefeller
Succeeded byRichard Burr
Chair of the Senate Narcotics Caucus
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byJoe Biden
Succeeded byChuck Grassley
Chair of the Senate Rules Committee
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byTrent Lott
Succeeded byChuck Schumer
38th Mayor of San Francisco
In office
December 4, 1978 – January 8, 1988
Preceded byGeorge Moscone
Succeeded byArt Agnos
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
In office
January 8, 1970 – December 4, 1978
Preceded byWilliam C. Blake
Succeeded byLouise Renne
ConstituencyAt-large district (1970–1978)
2nd district (1978)
Personal details
BornDianne Emiel Goldman
(1933-06-22) June 22, 1933 (age 84)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jack Berman (1956–1959)
Bertram Feinstein (1962–1978)
Richard Blum(1980–present)
Children1
EducationStanford University(BA)
WebsiteSenate website

Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (; born Dianne Emiel Goldman;[1] June 22, 1933) is an American politician and the seniorUnited States Senator from California, serving since 1992. A member of the Democratic Party, she served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.

Born in San Francisco, Feinstein graduated from Stanford University in 1955 with a B.A. in history. In the 1960s she worked in city government, and in 1970 she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She served as the board's first female president in 1978, during which time the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk drew national attention. Feinstein succeeded Moscone as Mayor of San Francisco and became the first female to assume the position. During her tenure she led renovation of the city's cable car system and oversaw the 1984 Democratic National Convention.

After a failed gubernatorial campaign in 1990, she won a 1992 special election to the U.S. Senate. Feinstein was first elected on the same ballot as her peer Barbara Boxer, and the two became California's first female U.S. Senators. Feinstein has been re-elected four times since then and in the 2012 election, she claimed the record for the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history, having received 7.75 million votes.[2]

Feinstein was the author of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban which expired in 2004. In 2013 she introduced a new assault weapons bill, which failed to pass. Feinstein is the first and only woman to have chaired the Senate Rules Committee (2007–2009) and the Select Committee on Intelligence from 2009 to 2015, when the Democrats lost control of the Senate. She is the only woman to have presided over a U.S. presidential inauguration.[3][4] At the age of 84, Feinstein is the oldest currently serving United States Senator.[5] With the retirement of Barbara Mikulski, Feinstein is the longest current-serving female U.S. Senator. In October 2017, Feinstein officially declared her intention to run for reelection in 2018.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Feinstein was born Dianne Emiel Goldman[1] in San Francisco, to Betty (née Rosenburg), a former model, and Leon Goldman, a surgeon. Feinstein's paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland. Her maternal grandparents, the Rosenburg family, were from Saint Petersburg, Russia.[7] While they were of German-Jewish ancestry,[8] they practiced the Russian Orthodox faith, as was required for Jews residing in Saint Petersburg.[7][9]

Feinstein graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco in 1951 and from Stanford University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Early political career[edit]

Prior to elected service, Feinstein was appointed by then-California Governor Pat Brown to serve as a member of the California Women's Parole Board. Feinstein also served as a fellow at the Coro Foundation in San Francisco.

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In 1969, Feinstein was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She remained on the Board for nine years.

During her tenure on the Board of Supervisors, she unsuccessfully ran for mayor of San Francisco twice, in 1971 against mayor Joseph Alioto, and in 1975, when she lost the contest for a runoff slot (against George Moscone) by one percentage point, to supervisor John Barbagelata.

Because of her position, Feinstein became a target of the New World Liberation Front, which placed a bomb on her window sill that failed to explode and which later shot out the windows of a beach house she owned.[10]

She was elected president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978 with initial opposition from Quentin Kopp.

On November 27, 1978, Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated by a rival politician, Dan White, who had resigned from the Board of Supervisors two weeks earlier. Feinstein was in City Hall at the time of the shootings and discovered Milk's body after hearing the shots. Later that day Feinstein announced the assassinations to the public.[11]

As President of the Board of Supervisors upon the death of Moscone, Feinstein succeeded to the mayoralty on December 4, 1978.

Mayor of San Francisco[edit]

Main article: Mayoralty of Dianne Feinstein

Feinstein served out the remainder of Moscone's term and was elected in her own right in 1979. She was re-elected in 1983 and served a full second term.

One of Feinstein's first challenges as mayor was the state of the San Francisco cable car system, which had been shut down for emergency repairs in 1979; an engineering study concluded that it needed comprehensive rebuilding at a cost of $60 million. Feinstein helped win federal funding for the bulk of the work. The system closed for rebuilding in 1982 and the work was completed just in time for the 1984 Democratic National Convention.[12] Feinstein also oversaw planning policies to increase the number of high rise buildings in San Francisco.[13]

Feinstein was seen as a relatively moderate Democrat in one of the country's most liberal cities. As a supervisor, she was considered part of the centrist bloc that included Dan White and was generally opposed to Moscone. As mayor, Feinstein angered the city's large gay community by refusing to march in a gay rights parade and by vetoing domestic partner legislation in 1982.[14] In the 1980 presidential election, while a majority of Bay Area Democrats continued to support Senator Ted Kennedy's primary challenge to PresidentJimmy Carter even after it was clear Kennedy could not win, Feinstein was a strong supporter of the Carter–Mondale ticket. She was given a high-profile speaking role on the opening night of the August Democratic National Convention, urging delegates to reject the Kennedy delegates' proposal to "open" the convention, thereby allowing delegates to ignore their states' popular vote, a proposal that was soundly defeated.

In the run up to the 1984 Democratic National Convention, there was considerable media and public speculation that Mondale might pick Feinstein as his running mate. However, he chose Geraldine Ferraro instead. Also in 1984, Feinstein proposed banning handguns in San Francisco, and became subject to a recall attempt organized by the White Panther Party. She won the recall election and finished her second term as mayor on January 8, 1988.

In 1985, at a press conference, Feinstein revealed details about the hunt for serial killerRichard Ramírez, and in so doing angered detectives by giving away details of his crimes.[15]

In 1987, City and State magazine named Feinstein the nation's "Most Effective Mayor." Feinstein served on the Trilateral Commission during the 1980s while mayor of San Francisco.

Gubernatorial election[edit]

In 1990, Feinstein made an unsuccessful bid for Governor of California. Although she won the Democratic Party's nomination for the office, she lost in the general election to Republican Senator Pete Wilson, who vacated his seat in the Senate to assume the governorship. In 1992, she was fined $190,000 for failure to properly report campaign contributions and expenditures associated with that campaign.[16]

U.S. Senate career[edit]

Elections[edit]

See also: United States Senate special election in California, 1992 and United States Senate election in California, 2012

On November 3, 1992, Feinstein won a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated a year earlier when Senator Pete Wilson resigned to become governor. The election was held at the same time as the general election for U.S. President and other offices. Barbara Boxer was elected at the same time for the Senate seat to be vacated by Alan Cranston. Because Feinstein was elected to an unexpired term, she became a senator as soon as the election was certified in November while Boxer would not take office until the expiration of Cranston's term in January; thus Feinstein became California's senior senator, even though she was elected at the same time as Boxer and Boxer had previous congressional service. Feinstein was re-elected in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. In 2012, Feinstein claimed the record for the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history, having received 7.75 million votes.[2] The record was previously held by her California colleague Barbara Boxer, who received 6.96 million votes in her 2004 re-election.

Approval ratings[edit]

Committees[edit]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Committee on the Judiciary (Ranking Member, 115th Congress)[17]
  • Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Select Committee on Intelligence

Political positions and votes[edit]

Main article: Political positions of Dianne Feinstein

Military[edit]

On June 13, 1994, while delivering the commencement address at Stanford Stadium, Feinstein said,

It is time for a rational plan for defense conversion instead of the random closing of bases and the piecemeal cancellation of defense contracts. Otherwise, we risk losing, for both state and nation, the greatest resources of scientific, technical and human capital ever gathered together in human history.[18]

In 2017, Feinstein criticized the banning of transgender enlistments in the military under the Trump administration.[19]

National security[edit]

In 2012, Feinstein voted for the extension of the Patriot Act and the FISA provisions.[20]

Health care[edit]

Feinstein has supported the Affordable Care Act, repeatedly voting to defeat initiatives aimed against it.[21]

She has voted for regulating tobacco as a drug; expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program; overriding the president's veto on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility; increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generic drugs; negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drugs; allowing re-importation of Rx drugs from Canada; allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages; including prescription drugs under Medicare; Medicare means-testing; etc. She has voted against the Paul RyanBudget's Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts; allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare; etc.[22] Feinstein's Congress voting record was assessed as "88%" by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the figure ostensibly reflecting the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.[23]

In an April 2017 town hall meeting in San Francisco, Feinstein stated[24][25] that

If single-payer health care is going to mean the complete takeover by the government of all health care, I am not there.

In July 2017, during a news conference at the University of California, San Diego, Feinstein estimated that Democratic opposition would prove sufficient to defeat Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[26]

In August 2017, Feinstein wrote in an op-ed that President Trump could secure health care reform if he was willing to compromise with Democrats: "We now know that such a closed process on a major issue like health care doesn’t work. The only path forward is a transparent process that allows every senator to bring their ideas to the table."[27]

Clean-fuel subsidies[edit]

Feinstein co-sponsored (along with Tom Coburn, an Oklahoman Republican) an amendment through the Senate to the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011 that eliminated the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit. The Senate passed the amendment on June 16, 2011. Introduced in 2004, the subsidy provided a 45-cent-per-gallon credit on pure ethanol, and a 54-cent-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol. These subsidies had resulted in an annual expenditure of $6 billion.[28][29]

Supreme Court nominations[edit]

In September 2005, Feinstein was one of five Democratic senators to vote against Supreme Court nominee John Roberts on the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying she still was not aware of Roberts' stances on certain issues such as abortion and the right to death.[30]

In January 2006, Feinstein confirmed she would vote against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, though disagreed with filibustering the choice: "When it comes to filibustering a Supreme Court appointment, you really have to have something out there, whether it's gross moral turpitude or something that comes to the surface. This is a man I might disagree with, (but) that doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court."[31]

On July 12, 2009, Feinstein stated her belief that Sonia Sotomayor was assured for confirmation by the U.S. Senate and praised her for her experience and overcoming "adversity and disadvantage".[32]

After President Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court in March 2016, Feinstein met with Garland on April 6, and subsequently called on Republicans to do "this institution the credit of sitting down, and meeting with him".[33]

In February 2017, Feinstein requested Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch provide information on cases in which he had assisted with decision making regarding either litigation or craft strategy. In mid-March, Feinstein sent a letter to Gorsuch stating her request had not been followed up on.[34] Feinstein formally announced her opposition to his nomination on April 3, citing Gorsuch's "record at the Department of Justice, his tenure on the bench, his appearance before the Senate and his written questions for the record".[35]

Weapons sales[edit]

In September 2016, Feinstein backed the Obama administration's plan to sell more than $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia.[36]

Mass surveillance; citizens' privacy[edit]

On May 12, 2011, Feinstein co-sponsored PIPA.[37] In January 2012, Feinstein met with representatives of technology companies, including Google and Facebook. According to a spokesperson, Feinstein "is doing all she can to ensure that the bill is balanced and protects the intellectual property concerns of the content community without unfairly burdening legitimate businesses such as Internet search engines".[38]

Following her 2012 vote to extend the Patriot Act and the FISA provisions,[20] and after the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures involving the National Security Agency (NSA), Feinstein promoted and supported measures to continue the information collection programs. Foreign Policy wrote that she had a "reputation as a staunch defender of NSA practices and [of] the White House's refusal to stand by collection activities targeting foreign leaders".[39]

In October 2013, she criticized the NSA for monitoring telephone calls of foreign leaders friendly to the US.[40] In November 2013, she promoted the FISA Improvements Act bill which included a "backdoor search provision" that allows intelligence agencies to continue certain warrantless searches as long as they are logged and "available for review" to various agencies.[41]

In June 2013, Feinstein labeled Edward Snowden a "traitor" after his leaks went public. In October of the same year, she stated that she stood by those comments.[42]

While praising the NSA, Feinstein had accused the CIA of snooping and removing files through Congress members' computers, stating, "The CIA did not ask the committee or its staff if the committee had access to the internal review or how we obtained it. Instead, the CIA just went and searched the committee's computer." [43] She claimed the "CIA's search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution."[44]

After the 2016 FBI–Apple encryption dispute, Feinstein, along with Richard Burr, sponsored a bill that would be likely to criminalize all forms of strong encryption in electronic communication between citizens.[45][46][47][48] The bill would require technology companies to design their encryption so that they can provide law enforcement with user data in an "intelligible format" when required to do so by court order.[45][46][47][48]

Assault weapons ban[edit]

Feinstein introduced the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which became law in 1994 and expired in 2004.[49] In January 2013, about one month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Feinstein, along with Representative Carolyn McCarthy from New York, proposed a bill that would "ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing or importation of 150 specific firearms including semiautomatic rifles or pistols that can be used with a detachable or fixed ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and have specific military-style features, including pistol grips, grenade launchers or rocket launchers". The bill would have exempted 900 models of guns used for sport and hunting.[49][50] Feinstein commented on the bill, saying, "The common thread in each of these shootings is the gunman used a semi-automatic assault weapon or large capacity ammunition magazines. Military assault weapons only have one purpose and in my opinion, it's for the military."[51] The bill failed on a Senate vote of 60 to 40.[52]

Medical marijuana[edit]

Feinstein voted in support of legislation to override a Department of Veterans Affairs' prohibition on allowing doctors to recommend cannabis to veterans in states that sanction its use as a medicine. The legislation was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 21, 2015. However, she was the only Democrat who joined a minority of Republicans in voting against a measure designed to prevent federal interference with states' medical marijuana laws. However, that legislation passed with a 21-9 vote on June 18, 2015.[53]

Immigration[edit]

In September 2017, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Feinstein admitted the legality of the program was questionable while citing this as a reason for why a law should be passed.[54] In January 2018, in her opening remarks to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Feinstein said she was concerned there might be racial motivation in the choice by the Trump administration to terminate the temporary protected status, based on comments he made denigrating African countries as well as Haiti and El Salvador.[55]

Iran[edit]

In July 2015, Feinstein announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal framework, tweeting that the deal would usher in "unprecedented & intrusive inspections to verify cooperation" on the part of Iran.[56]

On June 7, 2017, Feinstein and Senator Bernie Sanders issued dual statements urging the Senate to forgo a vote for sanctions on Iran in response to the Tehran attacks that occurred earlier in the day.[57]

North Korea[edit]

In July 2017, during an appearance on Face the Nation after North Korea conducted a second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, Feinstein said the country had proven itself to be a danger to the US and stated her disappointment with the lack of response from China.[58]

On August 8, 2017, in response to reports that North Korea had achieved successful miniaturization of nuclear warheads, Feinstein issued a statement insisting isolation of North Korea had proven ineffective and President Trump's rhetoric was not aiding in the resolve of potential conflict, additionally calling for the US to "quickly engage North Korea in a high-level dialogue without any preconditions."[59]

In September 2017, following President Trump delivering his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he threatened North Korea, Feinstein released a statement disagreeing with his remarks: "Trump's bombastic threat to destroy North Korea and his refusal to present any positive pathways forward on the many global challenges we face are severe disappointments."[60]

Torture[edit]

Speaking on the Senate floor on December 9, 2014, Feinstein called the government's detention and interrogation program a "stain on our values and on our history", following the release of 600 pages declassified out of a 6000-page report about CIA methods.[61]

Fusion GPS interview transcript release[edit]

On January 9, 2018, Feinstein caused a stir when she, as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a transcript of the committee's August 2017 interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson about the dossier regarding connections between the president's campaign and the Russian government.[62] She did this unilaterally after the committee's chairman, Chuck Grassley, refused to release the transcript of Simpson's testimony.[63] She was derided by the president as "sneaky Dianne".[64]

Controversies[edit]

Feinstein was criticized in 2009 when she introduced a bill directing $25 billion to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) the day after the agency awarded her husband's company a contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.[65] Feinstein and her husband have been tied to questionable dealings between the world's largest commercial real estate firm and the U.S. Postal Service.[66] Feinstein has also been accused of abusing her position to award her husband’s companies billions of dollars in military contracts.[67][68]

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As a superdelegate in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Feinstein had declared that she would support Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. However, once Barack Obama became the presumptive nominee for the party, she fully backed his candidacy. Days after Obama amassed enough delegates to win the Democratic Party nomination, Feinstein lent her Washington, D. C., home to both Clinton and Obama to have a private one-on-one meeting.[69] Feinstein did not attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver because she had fallen and broken her ankle earlier in the month.[70]

She chaired the United States Congress Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and acted as mistress of ceremonies, introducing each participant at the 2009 presidential inauguration.[71]

Heading into the 2016 Presidential Election, Senator Feinstein was one of sixteen Democratic female senators to sign a letter, on October 20, 2013, endorsing Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.[72]

Awards and honors[edit]

On 4 June 1977 Dianne Feinstein was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.[73] She was awarded the Legion of Honour by France in 1984.[74] Feinstein was presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award for public service by the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian Institution on November 3, 2001, in Los Angeles.

In 2002 Feinstein won the American Medical Association's Nathan Davis Award for "the Betterment of the Public Health."[75]

In 2015 she was named as one of The Forward 50.[76]

Offices held[edit]

Public offices
OfficeTypeLocationElectedTerm beganTerm ended
MayorExecutiveSan FranciscoN/ADecember 4, 1978January 8, 1980
MayorExecutiveSan Francisco1979January 8, 1980January 8, 1984
MayorExecutiveSan Francisco1983January 8, 1984January 8, 1988
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.1992November 4, 1992January 3, 1995
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.1994January 3, 1995January 3, 2001
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.2000January 3, 2001January 3, 2007
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.2006January 3, 2007January 3, 2013
SenatorLegislatureWashington, D.C.2012January 3, 2013Ongoing
United States Senate service
DatesCongressChamberMajorityPresidentCommitteesClass
1993–1995103rdU.S. SenateDemocraticBill ClintonAppropriations, Judiciary, Rules1
1995–1997104thU.S. SenateRepublicanBill ClintonForeign Relations, Judiciary, Rules1
1997–1999105thU.S. SenateRepublicanBill ClintonAppropriations, Judiciary, Rules1
1999–2001106thU.S. SenateRepublicanBill ClintonAppropriations, Judiciary, Rules1
2001–2003107thU.S. SenateDemocraticGeorge W. BushAppropriations, Judiciary, Energy, Rules, Intelligence1
2003–2005108thU.S. SenateRepublicanGeorge W. BushAppropriations, Judiciary, Energy, Rules, Intelligence1
2005–2007109thU.S. SenateRepublicanGeorge W. BushAppropriations, Judiciary, Energy, Rules, Intelligence1
2007–2009110thU.S. SenateDemocraticGeorge W. BushAppropriations, Judiciary, Rules (chair), Intelligence1
2009–2011111thU.S. SenateDemocraticBarack ObamaAppropriations, Judiciary, Rules, Intelligence (chairwoman)1
2011–2013112thU.S. SenateDemocraticBarack ObamaAppropriations, Judiciary, Rules, Intelligence (chairwoman)1
2013–2015113thU.S. SenateDemocraticBarack ObamaAppropriations, Judiciary, Rules, Intelligence (chairwoman)1
2015–2017114thU.S. SenateRepublicanBarack ObamaAppropriations, Judiciary, Rules, Intelligence (vice-chair)1
2017–2019115thU.S. SenateRepublicanDonald TrumpAppropriations, Judiciary (Ranking Member), Rules, Intelligence1

Personal life[edit]

Feinstein has been married three times. In 1956, Feinstein married Jack Berman (d. 2002), a colleague in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. She and Berman divorced three years later. Their daughter, Katherine Feinstein Mariano (b. 1957), was the presiding judge of the San Francisco Superior Court for twelve years, through 2012.[77][78] In 1962, shortly after beginning her career in politics, Feinstein married her second husband, neurosurgeon Bertram Feinstein, who died of colon cancer in 1978. In 1980, Feinstein married Richard C. Blum, an investment banker. In 2003, Feinstein was ranked the fifth-wealthiest senator, with an estimated net worth of US$26 million.[79] By 2005 her net worth had increased to between US$43 million and US$99 million.[80] Her 347-page financial-disclosure statement[81] – characterized by the San Francisco Chronicle as "nearly the size of a phone book" – draws clear lines between her assets and those of her husband, with many of her assets in blind trusts.[82]

In January 2017, Feinstein had an artificial cardiac pacemaker inserted at George Washington University Hospital.[83]

See also[edit]

Feinstein speaks at a rally in San Francisco's Chinatown in the late 1970s with husband Richard C. Blum (left)
As mayor of San Francisco, 1978–1988
Official Senate photo from 2003
Feinstein in 2010, as she hosted an event at her home attended by 5 members of the U.S. Senate

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Feinstein.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Feinstein is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Feinstein has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Dianne Feinstein sits on the following committees:

  • Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Enacted Legislation

Feinstein was the primary sponsor of 65 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Feinstein sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (27%)Crime and Law Enforcement (22%)Health (13%)Armed Forces and National Security (12%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%)Immigration (8%)International Affairs (5%)Agriculture and Food (4%)

Recent Bills

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Feinstein’s VoteVote Description
Nay H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 24, 2015. Motion Agreed to 60/38.
This was the Senate's final vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. The House had ...
Yea H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
May 22, 2015. Bill Passed 62/37.
This vote turned what was a bill regarding administrative appeals of IRS determinations into the Trade Act of 2015, which included Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as well as Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea On the Nomination PN958: Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, to be Attorney General
Nov 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 53/40.
Yea On the Nomination PN2: Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
Oct 24, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 59/38.
Nay On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Feb 1993 to Mar 2018, Feinstein missed 203 of 8,252 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
1993 Feb-Mar9311.1%67th
1993 Apr-Jun9900.0%0th
1993 Jul-Sep10910.9%50th
1993 Oct-Nov9488.5%78th
1994 Jan-Mar8611.2%33rd
1994 Apr-Jun9211.1%44th
1994 Jul-Sep13610.7%40th
1994 Oct-Dec1516.7%70th
1995 Jan-Mar12500.0%0th
1995 Apr-Jun17121.2%20th
1995 Jul-Sep18421.1%50th
1995 Oct-Dec13310.8%50th
1996 Jan-Mar6000.0%0th
1996 Apr-Jun12210.8%45th
1996 Jul-Sep12100.0%0th
1996 Oct-Oct300.0%0th
1997 Jan-Mar3500.0%0th
1997 Apr-Jun12532.4%88th
1997 Jul-Sep10311.0%59th
1997 Oct-Nov3500.0%0th
1998 Jan-Mar5211.9%35th
1998 Apr-Jun13100.0%0th
1998 Jul-Sep10910.9%41st
1998 Oct-Oct2200.0%0th
1999 Jan-Mar8122.5%68th
1999 Apr-Jun11100.0%0th
1999 Jul-Sep11200.0%0th
1999 Oct-Nov7000.0%0th
2000 Feb-Mar5112.0%79th
2000 Apr-Jun12000.0%0th
2000 Jul-Sep891112.4%95th
2000 Oct-Dec383489.5%95th
2001 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2001 Apr-Jun15700.0%0th
2001 Jul-Sep68710.3%78th
2001 Oct-Dec9211.1%48th
2002 Jan-Mar5911.7%43rd
2002 Apr-Jun10700.0%0th
2002 Jul-Sep6100.0%0th
2002 Oct-Nov2600.0%0th
2003 Jan-Mar112119.8%93rd
2003 Apr-Jun15000.0%0th
2003 Jul-Sep10800.0%0th
2003 Oct-Nov8900.0%0th
2004 Jan-Mar6400.0%0th
2004 Apr-Jun8800.0%0th
2004 Jul-Sep4200.0%0th
2004 Oct-Dec2200.0%0th
2005 Jan-Mar8111.2%63rd
2005 Apr-Jun8911.1%50th
2005 Jul-Sep7645.3%90th
2005 Oct-Dec12010.8%42nd
2006 Jan-Mar8300.0%0th
2006 Apr-Jun10700.0%0th
2006 Jul-Sep7345.5%94th
2006 Nov-Dec1600.0%0th
2007 Jan-Mar12600.0%0th
2007 Apr-Jun11221.8%66th
2007 Jul-Sep11943.4%83rd
2007 Oct-Dec85910.6%95th
2008 Jan-Mar8500.0%0th
2008 Apr-Jun7722.6%57th
2008 Jul-Sep4712.1%40th
2008 Oct-Dec600.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar11810.8%59th
2009 Apr-Jun9600.0%0th
2009 Jul-Sep8911.1%56th
2009 Oct-Dec9400.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar10800.0%0th
2010 Apr-Jun9600.0%0th
2010 Jul-Sep4400.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec5100.0%0th
2011 Jan-Mar46613.0%95th
2011 Apr-Jun5823.4%63rd
2011 Jul-Sep4900.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec8200.0%0th
2012 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2012 Apr-Jun10910.9%47th
2012 Jul-Sep2800.0%0th
2012 Nov-Dec5000.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7611.3%36th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8000.0%0th
2014 Jan-Mar9300.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun12310.8%26th
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec962829.2%95th
2015 Jan-Mar135107.4%95th
2015 Apr-Jun8500.0%0th
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6700.0%0th
2016 Jan-Mar3800.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun7933.8%76th
2016 Jul-Sep3400.0%0th
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar1012423.8%97th
2017 Apr-Jun5400.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11710.9%52nd
2018 Jan-Mar4912.0%58th

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Dianne Feinstein is pronounced:

DĪ-an // FĪN-stīn

The letters stand for sounds according to the following table:

LetterSounds As In
acat
dday
ffat
nnot
ssit
ttop
īeye

Capital letters indicate a stressed syllable.

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