Dianne Feinstein

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Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein.jpg
U.S. Senate, California
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 22
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of San Francisco
Bachelor'sStanford University, 1955
Date of birthJune 22, 1933
Place of birthSan Francisco, CA
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.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Feinstein is a "moderate Democratic leader".[1]

Feinstein won re-election in 2012.[2][3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Feinstein's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 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


  • 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


Senate Judiciary Committee

Feinstien became the 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]

Feinstien is one of the few non-lawyer members on the committee including Tom Coburn, Al Franken, Chuck Grassley, and Herb Kohl.[5]

Senator Feinstein serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, Crime and Drugs, The Constitution, Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, and Terrorism and Homeland Security.[6]

Campaign themes


Feinstein's campaign website lists the following issues:[7]

  • 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. "



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.[2]


On November 7, 2006, Feinstein won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Richard Mountjoy, Todd Chretien, Michael S. Metti, Marsha Feinland, and Don J. Grundmann in the general election.[11]

U.S. Senate, California General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDianne Feinstein Incumbent 59.4% 5,076,289
     Republican Richard Mountjoy 35% 2,990,822
     Green Todd Chretien 1.7% 147,074
     Libertarian Michael S. Metti 1.6% 133,851
     Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland 1.4% 117,764
     American Independent Don J. Grundmann 0.9% 75,350
Total Votes 8,541,150

Campaign donors


Dianne Feinstein[12] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 13, 2012$6,574,635.54$1,154,455.44$(449,994.83)$7,279,096.15
Pre-Primary[14]May 24, 2012$7,279,096.15$713,380.56$(5,368,080.87)$2,624,395.84
July Quarterly[15]July 14, 2012$2,607,347.09$612,506.71$(134,251.01)$3,085,602.79
Running totals


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:


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 ranks 2nd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranks 2nd overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranks 1st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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 .[18]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Feinstein votes with the Democratic Party 97.6% of the time. This ranks 4th among the 51 Senate Democrats in 2011.[19]

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
John F. Seymour
U.S. Senate - California
Succeeded by