California Senator Dianne Frankstein is the oldest Democrat to have been elected to California’s upper house. She has now announced that she will not run for reelection.
Feinstein issued a statement stating that he won’t be running for reelection in 2020 but that he plans to continue to work for California until the end of next year.
Feinstein was elected first to the Senate in 1992. Feinstein was also the first woman elected to the Senate.
Feinstein, who was a champion for the 1994 assault weapons ban in Congress, supported it in 2004, and tried to reinstate it multiple times but was unsuccessful. She withheld a letter claiming Kavanaugh had assaulted Ford prior to his confirmation hearings.
Feinstein defeated Kevin de Leon, the then-state senator in 2018, eight to one. Feinstein won a challenge from Kevin de Leon, then-state senator in 2018, by eight points. This is despite the fact that she is the oldest senator from the majority party.
More speculation was sparked by the revelation that Feinstein had less than $10,000 in her campaign account at the end of 2022, which led further speculation about Feinstein’s retirement. Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter, as well as Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, declared for the seat before Feinstein announced her retirement.
Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of Congress, conditionally supported Schiff. She said that she would support Feinstein if he retires.