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}}{{tnr}}'''Dianne Feinstein''' (b. June 22, 1933) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[California]].  She was first elected to the Senate in 1992.  
 
}}{{tnr}}'''Dianne Feinstein''' (b. June 22, 1933) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[California]].  She was first elected to the Senate in 1992.  
 
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Feinstein is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic leader]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=300043 ''Gov Track'' "Dianne Feinstein," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
 
  
 
Feinstein won re-election in 2012.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/senate ''CNN'' "California Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref><ref>[http://inyoregister.com/node/2266 ''Inyo Register'' "Changes Coming to Elections," Accessed February 18, 2012]</ref>
 
Feinstein won re-election in 2012.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/senate ''CNN'' "California Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref><ref>[http://inyoregister.com/node/2266 ''Inyo Register'' "Changes Coming to Elections," Accessed February 18, 2012]</ref>
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==Career==
 
==Career==

Revision as of 15:40, 10 June 2013

Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein.jpg
U.S. Senate, California
Incumbent
In office
1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJohn Seymour (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$34,524,710
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of San Francisco
1978-1988
Education
Bachelor'sStanford University, 1955
Personal
BirthdayJune 22, 1933
Place of birthSan Francisco, CA
Net worth$70,725,124
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dianne Feinstein (b. June 22, 1933) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of California. She was first elected to the Senate in 1992.

Feinstein won re-election in 2012.[1][2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Feinstein is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Feinstein's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1955: Graduated from Stanford University
  • 1960-1966: California Women’s Board of Terms and Parole
  • 1970-1978: San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • 1978-1988: Mayor of San Francisco
  • 1988-1989: Director, Bank of California
  • 1990: Unsuccessful candidate for Governor of California
  • 1992-Present: U.S. Senator from California

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Feinstein serves on the following committees[4]:

  • Intelligence, Chair
  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
  • Rules and Administration

2011-2012

  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Energy And Water Development, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
  • Rules and Administration
  • Intelligence, Chair

Issues

Senate Judiciary Committee

Feinstien became one of the first women in the history of the Senate Judiciary Committee to be appointed to the powerful committee in 1993 after she was sworn into duty as a Senator. Joining Feinstien as the other woman to serve on the committee was former Illinois Senator Carol Mosley-Braun. Since then two other women have been appointed to the committee including Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell and current committee member Amy Klobuchar.[5]

Campaign themes

2012

Feinstein's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Protecting our Natural Resources
Excerpt: "Dianne increased fleetwide fuel economy standards for cars, trucks and SUVs by at least 10 miles per gallon over 10 years or from 25 mpg to 35 mpg by Model Year 2020 – the largest increase in more than two decades, and the first Congressional action on global warming."
  • Fighting Crime and Drug Trafficking
Excerpt: "Dianne worked for eight years in the successful effort to give victims of violent crime a core set of procedural rights under federal law and ensuring that they have standing to assert their rights before a court."
  • Improving our Health
Excerpt: "Dianne supported The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which overhauled health insurance in the nation, lowering costs and ensuring choice for all Americans."
  • Protecting our National Security
Excerpt: "As Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne took a leading role in enacting the first Intelligence Authorization bill in six years. This bill improves oversight, strengthens the Director of National Intelligence’s ability to manage the intelligence agencies, and improves intelligence acquisition and budgeting practices. "

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Feinstein voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in California, 2012

Feinstein ran for re-election in 2012.[8] She and Elizabeth Emken (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Colleen Shea Fernald (D), David Alex Levitt (D), Nak Shah (D), Diane Stewart (D), Mike Strimling (D), John Boruff (R), Oscar Alejandro Braun (R), Greg Conlon (R), Rogelio Gloria (R), Dan Hughes (R), Dennis Jackson (R), Dirk Konopik (R), Donald Krampe (R), Robert Lauten (R), Al Ramirez (R), Nachum Shifren (R), Orly Taitz (R), Rick Williams (R), Gail Lightfoot (L), Kabiruddin Karim Ali (Peace and Freedom), Marsha Feinland (Peace and Freedom), and Don Grundmann (Independent). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election,[9][10] and Feinstein won.[1]

U.S. Senate, California General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDianne Feinstein Incumbent 62.5% 7,864,624
     Republican Elizabeth Emken 37.5% 4,713,887
Total Votes 12,578,511
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Feinstein is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Feinstein raised a total of $34,524,710 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[14]

Dianne Feinstein's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US Senate (California) Won $9,797,542
2006 US Senate (California) Won $12,200,678
2000 US Senate (California) Won $12,526,490
Grand Total Raised $34,524,710

2012

Breakdown of the source of Feinstein's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Feinstein won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Feinstein's campaign committee raised a total of $9,797,542 and spent $12,152,230.[15]

2006

Breakdown of the source of Feinstein's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Feinstein won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Feinstein's campaign committee raised a total of $12,200,678 and spent $9,403,030.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2001-2006 were:


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Feinstein is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[17]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Feinstein missed 134 of 6,811 roll call votes from February 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.0%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of March 2013.[18]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Feinstein paid her congressional staff a total of $4,125,359 in 2011. She ranked 2nd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranked 2nd overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 1st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Feinstein's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $42,777,230 and $98,673,018. That averages to $70,725,124, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. Her average net worth increased by 2.43% from 2010.[20]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Feinstein's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $44,386,225 and $93,707,020. That averages to $69,046,622.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524 .[21]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Feinstein ranked 26th in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators in 2012.[22]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Feinstein ranked 15th in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.[23]

Voting with party

2013

Feinstein voted with the Democratic Party 95.8% of the time, which ranked 13th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[24]

Personal

Feinstein is married to Richard Blum and has one child and three stepchildren.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Inyo Register "Changes Coming to Elections," Accessed February 18, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Dianne Feinstein," Accessed October 20, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2003
  5. "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Dianne Feinstein 2012 campaign website Accessed January 24, 2012
  9. Certified list of candidates
  10. Unofficial election results
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Dianne Feinstein," Accessed March 25, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Dianne Feinstein 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Dianne Feinstein 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011
  17. Gov Track "Dianne Feinstein," Accessed June 7, 2013
  18. GovTrack, "Dianne Feinstein," Accessed April 2, 2013
  19. LegiStorm "Dianne Feinstein"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Feinstein, (D-Cali), 2011"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Feinstein, (D-Cali), 2010"
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John F. Seymour
U.S. Senate - California
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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