graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart High
School 1951; graduated, Stanford University 1955. San Francisco
Board of Supervisors 1970-1978, serving as president 1970-1971,
1974-1975, 1978; Democratic Mayor of San Francisco, California,
1978-1988. U.S. Senator (D-CA), 1993-Current.
As president of the Board of Supervisors upon the
assassination of Mayor Moscone, Feinstein succeeded to the
mayoralty on December 4, 1978.
In the run up to the 1984 Democratic National
Convention, there was considerable media and public speculation that
Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale might pick Feinstein
as his running mate. However, he chose Geraldine Ferraro instead.
Also in 1984, Feinstein proposed banning handguns in San Francisco.
Barbara Boxer was elected at the same time for the
Senate seat to be vacated by Alan Cranston but because Feinstein was
elected to the unexpired term of Pete Wilson who defeated her for
governor, she became California's senior senator, Feinstein was
re-elected in 1994, 2000, and 2006.
Feinstein was the first female President of
the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman to
serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the first woman to
chair the Senate Rules Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee.
|May 2009: Republican volume on demonizing
the speaker reach a ironic crescendo over Pelosi's
failure to protest what she alternately calls "enhanced
interrogation methods" and "torture" as Senator Feinstein
defends her San Francisco neighbor of many years.
|Journalist: Do you believe the CIA
routinely misleads members of Congress about sensitive
FEINSTEIN: Well, I will
But let me say something, first of all,
about the speaker. I have never known her not to tell the
truth. And I have known Nancy Pelosi for at least the past
30 or 40, 50 years. So, this is a longstanding knowledge.
And I have never seen her not tell the truth. So, I think
that's worth saying....
And, so, this shibboleth, which is largely
used by Republicans, to say, oh, the Democrats want
terrorists in your -- in your neighborhood, in your
community, that is a lot of baloney. That is not true. And
that's the message that is being pushed, because it
|Feinstein saw President Bill Clinton sign
her National Wilderness Preservation System in California
which was the largest wilderness bill in California's
history. Her other major legislative success was the since
expired was the attachment of the assault weapons ban
to the 1994 crime bill.
Senators Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were the champions of
the 5 year effort to pass the Northern California
Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act,signed in to law on
October 17, 2006 and protecting 275,830 acres (1,116 km2) of
federal land as wilderness and 21 miles (34 km) of stream as
a wild and scenic river, including such popular areas as the
King Range and Cache Creek. Previosly she and Senator
Alan Cranston worked for over 10 years to pass the
California Desert Protection Act in 1994. which protected
7,661,089 acres (31,003 km2) of California's desert lands as
wilderness and national parks.
after Obama amassed enough delegates to win the Democratic
Party nomination, Feinstein lent her Washington, DC home to
both Clinton and Obama to have a private one on one meeting.
"Our work is not yet finished, but future
generations will mark this morning as the turning point for
real and necessary change in our Nation. They will look back
and remember that this was the moment when the dream that
once echoed across history, from the steps of the Lincoln
Memorial, finally reached the walls of the White House.
"In that spirit, we, today, not only inaugurate a new
Administration; we pledge ourselves to the hope, the vision,
the unity, and the renewed call to greatness inspired by the
44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
master of ceremonies, introducing each participant at the
2009 presidential inauguration.
Respected Moderate Voice
|"Winning may not be
everything, but losing has little to recommend it."