Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Retire from U.S. Senate in 2024

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California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the longest-serving female senator in history and current oldest serving senator at age 89, announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election in 2024.

“I am announcing today I will not run for reelection in 2024 but intend to accomplish as much for California as I can through the end of next year when my term ends,” said Feinstein in a statement.

The announcement marks an end to a Senate career that began nearly 30 years ago, during which Feinstein developed an extensive record of championing progressive causes, including gun control and LGBTQ rights. She has been one of the most influential liberal senators.

She said, “I campaigned in 2018 on several priorities for California and the nation: preventing and combating wildfires, mitigating the effects of record-setting drought, responding to the homelessness crisis, and ensuring all Americans have access to affordable, high-quality health care. Congress has enacted legislation on all of these topics over the past several years, but more needs to be done – and I will continue these efforts.”

She also said she’s “focused on passing commonsense legislation to fight the epidemic of gun violence, preserving our pristine lands and promoting economic growth – especially to position California for what I believe will be the century of the Pacific.”

She concluded by saying, “That’s what I’ve done for the last 30 years, and that’s what I plan to do for the next two years. My thanks to the people of California for allowing me to serve them.”