Sen. Dianne Feinstein Cause of Death, Age, Biography, Husband, Children, Net-Worth

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a vocal advocate of gun control measures who was known for trying to find common ground with Republicans during her three decades in the Senate, has died, her office confirmed on Friday.

She was 90.

Senator Feinstein never backed away from a fight for what was just and right. At the same time, she was always willing to work with anyone, even those she disagreed with, if it meant bettering the lives of Californians or the betterment of our nation,” her chief of staff, James Sauls, said in a statement. Feinstein’s office did not share a cause of death, but she had been experiencing rapidly declining health in recent months.

“There are few women who can be called senator, chairman, mayor, wife, mom and grandmother. Senator Feinstein was a force of nature who made an incredible impact on our country and her home state.”

Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate, the longest-serving female senator and the longest-serving senator from California, announced in February that she planned to retire at the end of 2024, when her term is up. She had faced calls for her resignation over concerns about her health.

“In San Francisco, she showed enormous poise and courage in the wake of tragedy, and became a powerful voice for American values. Serving in the Senate together for more than 15 years, I had a front row seat to what Dianne was able to accomplish,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. “Dianne made her mark on everything from national security to the environment to protecting civil liberties. She’s made history in so many ways, and our country will benefit from her legacy for generations.”

Biden ordered flags to be lowered at the White House to honor Feinstein.

Feinstein’s Senate colleagues paid tribute Friday on the Senate floor, where her seat was covered by a black cloth. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Feinstein “one of the most amazing people who ever graced the Senate, whoever graced the country.”

“She was smart. She was strong. She was brave,” he added. “She was compassionate, but maybe the trait that stood out most of all was her amazing integrity — her integrity was a diamond.”

After Feinstein missed votes in late February, her spokesperson said on March 1: “The senator is in California this week dealing with a health matter,” and “hopes to return to Washington soon.” She last voted on Thursday morning, according to the website that tracks Senate votes.

The California Democrat was a vocal advocate of gun control measures, championing the assault weapons ban that then-President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994, and pushing for restrictive laws since the ban’s expiration in 2004.

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