Three-term Mayor and U.S Senator since 1992, Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein has been in public service for decades, helping to shape American lives. She is one of America’s most beloved political office holders who has set the pace for others to follow, especially women. Dianne Feinstein is currently the longest-serving female United States Senator and the oldest serving United State Senator. She’s voted in favour of several important bills, such as the Affordable Care Act, and co-sponsored PIPA, the Protect IP Act. She’s one of the most influential Democratic Senators in the United States Senate.
Born to a surgeon and a former model, Dianne Feinstein (nee Goldman) made landfall on earth on June 22, 1933, with Jewish, Russian, German-Jewish ancestry. She was a product of a liberal lifestyle that fit into her birthplace in San Francisco. For her education, Dianne graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelors of Art in History in 1955. Before that, she graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in 1951.
Even though Dianne did not study law, where most political careers tend to originate from, her political career nevertheless started as a member of the California Women’s Parole Board, following an appointment by then California Governor, Pat Brown.
She became Mayor of San Francisco, following the death of George Moscone in 1978. She had previously served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors where she was for nine years. Before getting appointed to the Mayoral position, Dianne ran for Mayor twice but was unsuccessful both times. During her time as Mayor, she completed the comprehensive rebuilding of the San Francisco cable car system which had been shut down. She helped win the Federal funding that financed the majority of the work. As a Mayor in a democratic state, she had a reputation of going against a lot of the desires of the city’s liberal entities. Considered a moderate Democrat, she vetoed the domestic partner legislation and refused to march in a gay rights parade. She was, however, regardless of her tendency to not tow party lines, named the nation’s ‘Most Effective Mayor’ in 1987 by the City and State Magazine.
Despite her impressive Mayoral tenure, she failed to secure a seat as the Governor of California in a bid in 1990. She did, however, win a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the man who became Governor, Pete Wilson.
Dianne went on to be reelected in 1994, 2000, 2006 and in 2012. Her 2012 election earned her the record for the most popular votes in any U.S Senate election in history with 7.75 million votes. In the Senate, she’s served on different Committees and subcommittees, including but not limited to the Committee on Appropriations, a ranking member on the subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. She’s also served on the Committee on Judiciary and on Rules and Administration. She is the first and only woman to have chaired the Senate Rules Committee, doing so from 2007 to 2009.
Dianne’s political positions over the course of her time in the Senate has coincided with the dominant political position of her constituency. While she was noted for her centrism, California was a more conservative state and she’s moved closer to the left as the state became predominantly more democratic. Her position on medical marijuana, capital punishment, immigration, and the Affordable Care Act all show her positional shift to the left.
She announced her intention to run for another term in the Senate in 2018 but she currently does not have the endorsement of her state party.
Over the course of her career, Dianne won a few awards including the Legion of Honor by France in 1984 and the Woodrow Wilson Award for public service by the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2001.
Her Husband or Spouse
Dianne has been married three times. She is currently married to Richard C. Blum, an investment banker whom she married in 1980. Before Richard, she was married to Jack Berman but the marriage ended in a divorce. She then married Bertram Feinstein who died of Colon Cancer in 1978. Dianne Feinstein has only one daughter from her marriage to Jack Berman.
What is Her Net Worth?
Dianne is considered one of the wealthiest Senators in the United States. Her net worth is currently believed to be around $94 million. Most of her wealth comes from her investments in her husband’s private equity firm, Blum Capital.