As a child
On June 22, 1933, in San Francisco, California, Dianne Emiel Goldman became Dianne Feinstein. As a child, Betty’s mother, Betty, was a former model, and her father, Leon, was a surgeon. Convent of Sacred Heart High School’s first Jewish graduate, Dianne went on to Stanford University in 1951. In 1955, Feinstein graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
In the Beginning Stages of My Political Career
After being appointed by Governor Pat Brown in 1960, Dianne served on the California Women’s Parole Board from 1960 to 1966. She was a fellow at the Coro Foundation in San Francisco from 1955 to 1956.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Feinstein also served as a supervisor for the city’s board of supervisors from January 1970 through December 1978. Attempts at the mayor of San Francisco, which she lost both times, were made by her in 1971 and 1975.
New World Liberation Front terrorists attacked Dianne in the 1970s, planting a bomb on her windowsill. Because of the low temperatures that night, the bomb was unable to go off, but the conspirators nonetheless shot out the windows of Feinstein’s beach house.
The San Francisco Mayor
Harvey Milk was found dead in his office at City Hall on November 27, 1978, just a few minutes after the shootings had taken place by Dianne, a former board member. After the Board of Supervisors voted to formally name Feinstein mayor, she was sworn in on December 4th, 1978, as acting mayor.
As a result of Dianne’s efforts, the city’s cable car system was re-opened in 1979 after a $60 million federal grant was secured. San Francisco’s LGBT community was outraged when Feinstein vetoed domestic partnership legislation in 1982.
Back in 1984, when Dianne Feinstein advocated a citywide ban on handguns, the White Panther Party attempted to recall her, but she won the recall election. In 1987, “City and State” magazine named Dianne the country’s “Most Effective Mayor,” and she completed her second term on January 8th, 1988.
A Career in the Us Senate
A special election was held to fill Pete Wilson’s Senate seat after Feinstein lost her gubernatorial race to Wilson. In November 1992, Dianne became California’s senior senator and the first female Jewish senator in the United States.
A record 7.75 million people cast ballots in the 2012 U.S. Senate race for Feinstein, who has been re-elected five times since then. However, Dianne was re-elected in November despite the executive board of the California Democratic Party’s decision to back State Senator Kevin de León instead of her.
The REAL PEACE Act of 2018, Keep Families Together, Affordable Health Insurance for Middle-Class Act and the Gun Violence Prevention Order Act of 2017 are among the more than 60 bills that Feinstein has sponsored during her service in the Senate. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair and Vice-Chair of the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Narcotics Caucus have all been held by Dianne.
Life at Home
A San Francisco Superior Court presiding judge’s daughter was born in 1957 to Dianne and Jack Berman, a San Francisco Superior Court judge who married in 1956. Dianne married physician Bertram Feinstein in 1959, two years after she and Bertram Berman split. Bertram, sadly, died in 1978 from colon cancer.
Richard C. Blum, an investment banker, was Feinstein’s third spouse. In February 2022, he died, and they remained married till then.
For many Democrats, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is expected around September 2020, and many senators and aides voiced anxiety that Dianne Feinstein would not be ready to lead the fight against Ginsburg’s successor. As of December 2020, “The New Yorker” described Dianne as “seriously struggling” and stated that “her short-term memory has grown so weak that she regularly forgets she has been briefed on a topic.”
Recognition & Accolades
Dianne was honored in 2000 by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation with a Special Recognition Award in recognition of her contributions to breast cancer research and education. The French president, François Mitterrand, awarded her the Légion d’honneur in 1984, and the American Medical Association, in 2002, presented her with the Nathan Davis Award.
The American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Los Angeles Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the American Jewish Congress, and the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian Institution have all awarded Feinstein with public service honors.
Several universities, including Golden Gate University, the University of San Francisco, Mills College, and the University of Santa Clara, have bestowed honorary degrees on Dianne, including the University of San Francisco.
For $16.5 million, Feinstein and Blum purchased a 9,500 square foot mansion in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood in 2006. There are five bedrooms, an elevator, and a wine cellar in the four-story home. The couple also bought a house in Spring Valley, a wealthy suburb of Washington, D.C. in 2001, for about $6 million, and then built a $7.4 million mansion in Aspen, Colorado, where they live now.
What Is Dianne Feinstein’s Net Worth and Salary, Please?
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has an estimated net worth of $90 million. Dianne’s minimum net worth is $58 million, and her maximum net worth is $110 million, according to her wealth filings over the years.
Dianne has a stake in Carlton Hotel Properties, which owns multiple lodging properties, including San Francisco’s Hotel Carlton, according to her most recent asset statement. Her First Republic Bank savings and bank accounts reportedly include anywhere from $5 million to $25 million.
The rest of her fortune is made up of stock holdings and real estate investments. The real estate holdings of Diane and her late husband, billionaire Richard Blum, are estimated to be worth $30 million.
As the oldest U.S. senator, she served the country till the end of her life. For the past two years, she has been the Senate’s top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. In November 2020, Dianne declared that she would be stepping down from her position in 2021, which she did.
Her first exposure to politics came at the age of sixteen when an uncle started accompanying her to San Francisco Board of Supervisors meetings. To help eradicate housing discrimination in San Francisco in 1961, Dianne worked for the state’s Women’s Board of Parole, then went on to work for California’s Industrial Welfare Commission in 1962.
During the 1970s, she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, a position she held until her retirement in 1981. One of the nation’s most prominent and visible leaders, Feinstein was San Francisco’s first female mayor in 1978.
A close race against Republican Pete Wilson for governor of California in 1990 ended with her defeat. She instantly shifted gears, announcing in early 1991 that she intended to compete in the 1992 election for Wilson’s former Senate seat. In 1992, she and fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer became the state’s first-ever female senators when they were elected.
Who is the oldest person in the Senate?
Feinstein is the oldest serving senator in the United States. On March 28, 2021, Feinstein overtook Hiram Johnson as the longest-serving U.S. senator from California. The retirement of Barbara Mikulski in January 2017 made Feinstein the longest-serving female senator in the United States.