WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a vocal politician imprinted on the fabric of San Francisco history and known for her attempt to find bipartisan common ground 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 was the longest-serving female senator and the longest-serving senator from California. She announced in February that she planned to retire at the end of 2024, when her term expired. She had faced calls for her resignation and questions about her age and 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 in her honor.