An experienced and courageous advocate in the Senate
Dianne Feinstein was first elected to the Senate in 1992 — the “Year of the Woman” — and ever since then she’s been on the front lines confronting many of the toughest challenges our country has faced, from reforming our nation’s health care system to protecting the environment to strengthening our national security. She began her professional career with a fellowship at a civic leadership foundation, where she worked on a study of the criminal justice system in California. In 1960, Dianne was appointed to California’s Women’s Board of Terms and Parole. Nine years later, she successfully ran for her first elected office, on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Dianne was serving as the board’s first woman president when Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, her friend and colleague on the board, were assassinated at city hall. Dianne was the first to find Harvey Milk’s body, an experience she recalls as “one of the hardest moments, if not the hardest moment, of my life.” As president of the board, Dianne became the mayor (and first woman mayor) of San Francisco after Mayor Moscone’s death, finishing out his term and winning election to two more terms in her own right. In 1990, with the endorsement of EMILY’s List, Dianne went on to make history in California as the first woman to win the gubernatorial nomination of a major party. In 1992, she ran for one of California’s two open Senate seats and won, entering the Senate alongside Barbara Boxer as one of the first two women ever to represent California in the Senate — and as the country’s first all-women Senate delegation. Today we need her voice, her experience, and her California strength in the Senate like never before.
A lifelong champion for women and families
Throughout her career, Dianne has shown that women and families can always count on her to do the right thing. As a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a member and former chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence, Dianne is uniquely positioned to confront some of the most urgent priorities we have in our current political climate. She will be on the front lines holding the Trump administration accountable for any attempts they make to appoint right-wing judges including being among the first to speak at hearings to ask the tough questions women and families deserve to know about nominees’ records, values, and priorities. During her time in the Senate, Dianne has consistently fought to defend Roe v. Wade, voted repeatedly against legislation limiting access to abortion, and has cosponsored legislation to increase access to emergency contraception on military bases. With our right to make our own reproductive health care decisions under attack like never before, women across the country desperately need her powerful voice in the debate.
A Golden State leader
In 2018, Dianne ran for re-election — and the stakes for our country were simply too high for us to take her leadership for granted. Fortunately, Dianne, California's governor, its mayors, and its state legislative leadership are working to position California as one of the strongest defenses we have against the president’s extreme and divisive agenda — and Dianne will continue leading that defense in Washington. Just as she has always fought for us, we showed Dianne the full support of the EMILY’s List community and helped her continue her record of outstanding service for women and families in California and across the country.