Trailblazing Senator Dianne Feinstein passed away after a decades-long career of public service. Feinstein got her start in San Francisco politics and was the first woman to serve as mayor. In 1992, she was elected to the U.S. Senate from California in the so-called ‘Year of the Woman.’ In a statement, President Biden called Feinstein ‘a historic figure,’ and lauded her contributions on issues such national security, the environment, gun safety, and 0n civil liberties. Feinstein previously announced that she would not seek reelection amid persistent concerns about her health.
Whose death did Feinstein report in 1978?
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a trailblazer in U.S. politics and the longest-serving woman in the Senate, dies at 90
I met Dianne Feinstein at the 1984 DNC convention. Since then, she’s changed politics for women
Feinstein’s death poses two big questions for US Senate Democrats
California Gov. Newsom will pick Feinstein’s replacement. He pledged in past to choose a Black woman
Newsom’s says his ‘incredible’ pick for Senate can run if she wants
Newsom picks Laphonza Butler, political ally and power player, to replace Feinstein
What to know about Laphonza Butler, Emily’s List head replacing Sen. Feinstein
California Gov. Newsom will appoint Laphonza Butler to fill Feinstein’s Senate seat
Writing: Explain the importance of Senator Feinstein’s making her mark with issues not typically associated with female politicians. On what issues did Feinstein have the most influence during her tenure in the U.S. Senate?
Debate: Was it appropriate for Governor Newsom to make any promises about who he would appoint to the U.S. Senate?
Poll: Did Senator Feinstein tarnish her legacy by staying in office too long?
Short Answer: How will the extra special election necessary because of Senator Feinstein’s passing complicate the senate campaign in California?
Senator Feinstein authored the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994. (T/F)
Republicans have indicated they will not block the naming of a new chair to the Judiciary Committee to replace Senator Feinstein. (T/F)
Senator Feinstein was the oldest and longest serving woman senator at the time of her death. (T/F)
Dianne Feinstein was portrayed in which feature film about San Francisco politics?
- All the President’s Men
How many votes did Dianne Feinstein receive in the 2012 senate election?
- 1.67 million
- 3.25 million
- 5.7 million
- 7.86 million
Why was Senator Feinstein criticized during the confirmation hearings for future Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett?
- for supporting the conservative jurist
- for embracing Senator Lindsay Graham and praising his handling of the hearings
- for giving credence to unfounded accusations against the judge
- for taking political donations from conservative groups supporting Judge Barrett