Senator Dianne Feinstein has passed away. She was 90.
From The New York Times:
The California Democrat, the oldest member of the Senate, had been declining in health for months. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the trailblazing Democratic power broker who served in the Senate for 30 years, died on Thursday night, according to a family member.
Feinstein was mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988 before winning a special election to the Senate in 1992 where she has represented the people of California in the Senate for nearly 30 years. Her cause of death is unknown at this time but given her well-documented age-related health issues 'old age' seems like the most likely cause.
BREAKING NEWS: DIANNE FEINSTEIN HAS PASSED AWAY AT 90— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 29, 2023
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🚨BREAKING: Sen. Dianne Feinstein has passed away at the age of 90— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 29, 2023
Feinstein's office had already announced that she did not plan to seek reelection in 2024. The race to replace her between California Representatives Katie Porter and Adam Schiff was already running at a fever pitch, so there's no doubt that a lot of pressure will be placed on CA Governor Gavin Newsom from both camps to nominate their candidate as a replacement for the long-time Senator as incumbency is seen as an edge in such a tightly contested race.
Well that’s gonna be a major shakeup…— DJ Martinez (@DJMartinez06) September 29, 2023
This is sad. I didn't agree with her on policy but this woman should have been living her golden years in peace, surrounded by family, not being wheeled around like a humanoid experiment. Please stop this elder abuse. #RIPDianneFeinstein— Milenka~ (@MilenaAmit) September 29, 2023
Even though she obviously had some issues healthwise her last few years she definitely did a lot of great things in her career in politics. May she RIP.— Mikey Aces (@Mikey5Aces) September 29, 2023
Keeping the Feinstein family in our prayers.