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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
Cost per vote$1.54 in 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$68,446,578
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dianne Feinstein (b. June 22, 1933, in San Francisco, CA) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of California. She was first elected to the Senate in 1992.

Feinstein began her political career in 1970, serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors until 1978. She then served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988. Prior to her election to the Senate in 1992, she ran unsuccessfully for Governor of California in 1990.

Feinstein most recently won re-election in 2012. She and Elizabeth Emken (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating 22 other candidates. Feinstein then defeated Emken in the general election, receiving 62.5% of the vote.[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

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Feinstein's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Feinstein voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[7]

Economy


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[8] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[9] Feinstein joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[10][11] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[11] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[12] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Feinstein voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[10][11]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Feinstein voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[14]

Feinstein "will donate her salary during the shutdown to the Consortium of Catholic Academies."[15]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Feinstein voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[16]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Neutral/Abstain Feinstein did not vote on Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[17]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Feinstein voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[18]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png 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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[19]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Dianne Feinstein's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Feinstein is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Feinstein received a score of 56 percent on social issues and 38 percent on economic issues.[20]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[21]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[20]

Controversy

CIA search

Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused the CIA of breaking federal laws by secretly removing documents from the computers used by her panel to investigate a controversial interrogation program. She referred the case to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution for violating the Fourth Amendment and other federal laws.[22]

CIA Director John Brennan responded by saying the agency did nothing wrong and "has tried to work as collaboratively as possible" with the committee. He said, "The CIA agrees with many findings in the report and disagrees with others." He went on, "If I did something wrong, I will go to the president. He is the one who can ask me to stay or to go."[22]

Gun control

After the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013, Feinstein continued to push for tougher gun control laws. She said, "Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless loss of life." President Barack Obama also responded in a similar fashion. He said, "Obviously, we’re going to be investigating thoroughly what happened, as we do so many of these shootings, sadly, that have happened, and do everything that we can to prevent them."[23]

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.[24]

Campaign themes

2012

Feinstein's campaign website listed the following issues:[25]

  • 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. "

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in California, 2012

Feinstein won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[26] She and Elizabeth Emken (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, 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 general election on November 6, 2012, and Feinstein won.[27][28][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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Feinstein attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

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.[32]

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

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2013

Lobbyist contributions

In an analysis by Open Secrets of the Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013, Feinstein was 1 of 115 members of Congress who did not report any contributions from lobbyists in 2013 as of July 3, 2013.[33]

2012

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.[34] This is more than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Feinstein spent $1.54 per vote received in 2012.


2006

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.[36]

Her top five contributors between 2001-2006 were:


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Feinstein's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $42,673,137 and $94,220,020. That averages to $68,446,578, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Feinstein ranked as the 4th most wealthy senator in 2012.[37] Between 2004 and 2012, Feinstein's calculated net worth[38] decreased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[39]

Dianne Feinstein Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$75,075,191
2012$68,446,578
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-9%
Average annual growth:-1%[40]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[41]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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 July 2014. This was the same rating Feinstein received in June 2013.[42]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[43]

Feinstein most often votes with:

Feinstein least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Feinstein missed 136 of 7,238 roll call votes from February 1993 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[44]

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 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.[45]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Feinstein ranked 22nd in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2013.[46]

2012

Feinstein ranked 26th in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2012.[47]

2011

Feinstein ranked 15th in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2011.[48]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Feinstein voted with the Democratic Party 96.3 percent of the time, which ranked 18th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[49]

2013

Feinstein voted with the Democratic Party 95.8 percent of the time, which ranked 13th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[50]

Personal

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

2013 worst year

Feinstein was named by The Hill as a member of Congress who had one of the worst years in 2013.[51]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  8. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
  9. NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  12. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  19. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 On The Issues, "Dianne Feinstein Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  21. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Washington Post, "Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers," March 11, 2014
  23. The Washington Times, "Obama, Feinstein reignite fight for gun control after Navy Yard shooting," September 16, 2013
  24. "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
  25. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed July 30, 2012
  26. Dianne Feinstein 2012 campaign website, "Home," accessed January 24, 2012
  27. California Secretary of State, "Certified list of candidates," accessed June 1, 2012
  28. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," accessed November 7, 2012
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Dianne Feinstein," accessed March 25, 2013
  33. Open Secrets, "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013," accessed July 3, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Dianne Feinstein 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Dianne Feinstein 2006 Election Cycle," accessed October 22, 2011
  37. OpenSecrets, "Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif), 2012," accessed March 4, 2013
  38. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  39. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  40. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  41. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  42. GovTrack, "Dianne Feinstein," accessed July 17, 2014
  43. OpenCongress, "Dianne Feinstein," accessed July 14, 2014
  44. GovTrack, "Dianne Feinstein," accessed July 17, 2014
  45. LegiStorm, "Dianne Feinstein," accessed August 6, 2012
  46. National Journal, "2013 Senate Vote Ratings," accessed July 17, 2014
  47. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  48. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  51. The Hill, "Best, worst years in Washington," accessed January 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John F. Seymour
U.S. Senate - California
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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