Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement applauding Senator Dianne Feinstein’s historic legacy following her decision to not run for reelection to the Senate in 2024:
“As the longest serving senator from California, Dianne Feinstein’s long, distinguished career stands out for the sheer width and breadth of what she accomplished. I first worked with Dianne when I was in the House as we worked to pass the 1994 ban on assault weapons. Throughout her career she has always been pragmatic in her approach to every issue and has our country and her beloved California top of mind.
“Senator Feinstein broke innumerable glass ceilings and her work has impacted the lives of millions of Americans – and especially Californians – forever. Dianne Feinstein was, and will remain, a California and an American institution.
“As the Chair of the Intelligence Committee Dianne took on the CIA and fought to protect Congress’ oversight authority during the investigation into U.S. use of torture. As the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee she championed the Violence Against Women Act, and legislation to ensure women have the right to choose what is best for themselves.
“And maybe her greatest legacy is how she helped support women throughout every step in her career, from the San Francisco City Hall to the halls of the United States Senate. When Dianne came to the Senate, there were only two women senators; today there are 25 serving, all of whom stand in some small part on Dianne’s shoulders.
“Over the coming months, I know Dianne will continue to fiercely advocate for women’s rights in all aspects of life and unwaveringly represent the people of California.
“I am confident Democrats will retain the California Senate seat.
“I wish Dianne and her family all the best. I will always be grateful for Dianne’s friendship and her leadership in the Senate.”