|U.S. Senate, California|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||21|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 7, 2006|
|First elected||November 3, 1992|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Mayor, City of San Francisco|
|Bachelor's||Stanford University, 1955|
|Birthday||June 22, 1933|
|Place of birth||San Francisco, CA|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Below is an abbreviated outline of Feinstein's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Feinstein's campaign website lists the following issues:
- 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. "
Feinstein ran for re-election in 2012. 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, and Feinstein won.
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.
|Dianne Feinstein Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2012||$6,574,635.54||$1,154,455.44||$(449,994.83)||$7,279,096.15|
|Pre-Primary||May 24, 2012||$7,279,096.15||$713,380.56||$(5,368,080.87)||$2,624,395.84|
|July Quarterly||July 14, 2012||$2,607,347.09||$612,506.71||$(134,251.01)||$3,085,602.79|
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.
His top 5 contributors between 2001-2006 were:
|U.S. Senate election, California, 2006 - Dianne Feinstein Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Opponent||$198,630|
|Total Spent by Opponent||$195,265|
|Top contributors to Dianne Feinstein's campaign committee|
|Walt Disney Co||$35,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$333,712|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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 .
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.
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Feinstein is married to Richard Blum and has one child and three stepchildren.
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- Media coverage:
- Gov Track "Dianne Feinstein," Accessed March 3, 2012
- CNN "California Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Inyo Register "Changes Coming to Elections," Accessed February 18, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Dianne Feinstein," Accessed October 20, 2011
- "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
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- Campaign website, Issues
- Dianne Feinstein 2012 campaign website Accessed January 24, 2012
- Certified list of candidates
- Unofficial election results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- FEC Reports "Dianne Feinstein Summary Reports" Accessed August 20, 2012
- FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed August 20, 2012
- FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed August 20, 2012
- FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed August 20, 2012
- Open Secrets "Dianne Feinstein 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011
- LegiStorm "Dianne Feinstein"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Feinstein, (D-Cali), 2010"
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed October 19, 2011
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