On Tuesday, long time Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she will not be seeking re-election in 2024.
Feinstein, who has represented California since 1992, said in a statement: “I am announcing today I will not run for reelection in 2024 but intend to accomplish as much for California as I can through the end of next year when my term ends.”
The career politician is the longest-serving female senior, as well as the oldest serving senator at the ripe age of 89.
“I campaigned in 2018 on several priorities for California and the nation: preventing and combating wildfires, mitigating the effects of record-setting drought, responding to the homelessness crisis, and ensuring all Americans have access to affordable, high-quality health care,” she said. “Congress has enacted legislation on all of these topics over the past several years, but more needs to be done – and I will continue these efforts.”
BREAKING: California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein announces she will not seek reelection in 2024 but will finish out her term.
Her statement: pic.twitter.com/mpNywul05a
— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) February 14, 2023
Feinstein vowed to remain “focused on passing commonsense legislation to fight the epidemic of gun violence, preserving our pristine lands and promoting economic growth – especially to position California for what I believe will be the century of the Pacific.”
She also promised to use her “seniority on the Appropriations Committee to ensure California gets its fair share of funding” before the end of her term in 2025.
“I’m confident we can achieve these goals because we’ve done it before,” she continued. “From the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban to the 2014 CIA torture report, from preserving Lake Tahoe and the Mojave Desert to passing the first significant global warming legislation, from protecting student athletes from abuse to protecting consumers from harmful chemicals, and more recently improving our efforts to combat wildfire and drought, we have improved the lives of millions.”
BREAKING: Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she will retire from Congress at the end of 2024, opening up a California Senate seat for the first time in three decades. https://t.co/RdYLvfum24 pic.twitter.com/leGha2sp2V
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 14, 2023
She concluded by stating that even “with a divided Congress, we can still pass bills that will improve lives,” noting, “That’s what I’ve done for the last 30 years, and that’s what I plan to do for the next two years. My thanks to the people of California for allowing me to serve them.”
Talk about the end of an error – uh, I mean – era.