Dianne Feinstein

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Democratic Party
U.S. Senator

Dianne Feinstein is the current U.S. Senator from California and is seeking re-election this year. She was first elected in 1992. Feinstein confirmed on October 9, 2017 that she would seek a sixth term in office.

Feinstein began her political career in 1970, serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors until 1978. She then served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988. Prior to her election to the Senate in 1992, she unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California in 1990. Feinstein most recently won re-election to the Senate in 2012.


Top Issues

Top issues taken from the official campaign website Dianne for California.

Health Care

Senator Feinstein strongly supports universal health care for all Americans, and with her colleagues in the Senate, stopped Republicans' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In 2009, when the Senate was considering the Affordable Care Act, she sponsored legislation to create a public option to compete with private health insurance, which she continues to support. She also supports lowering the age for Medicare eligibility to 55, mandating that Medicare negotiates for drug prices (which it currently does not), allowing HHS to reject unreasonable premium increases and requiring 85 percent of all premium dollars to go to patients, instead of 80 percent.

Gun Reform

Senator Feinstein has introduced a new Assault Weapons Ban to halt the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of the most commonly-owned military-style assault weapons and ban large-capacity magazines that are specifically designed to inflict maximum casualties. She will also continue to author and support additional legislation to enact sensible gun laws, including: closing the gun-show loophole, holding arms manufacturers accountable, raising the minimum age to purchase firearms, and preventing those on the terrorist watch list from buying a gun.


She supports the DREAM Act and DACA, which is why she opposed the recent omnibus spending package that did not include protections for Dreamers. She also strongly opposes President Trump’s unjust and unconstitutional travel ban and has authored legislation to rescind the President's executive orders that created those bans. Senator Feinstein believes we must come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, backlog reduction, assistance for immigrant members of the armed services and their families, visa reform, and humanitarian relief for families.

Professional Experience
  • 1992-Present: U.S. Senator from California
  • 1990: Unsuccessful candidate for Governor of California
  • 1988-1989: Director, Bank of California
  • 1978-1988: Mayor of San Francisco
  • 1970-1978: San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • 1960-1966: California Women’s Board of Terms and Parole
  • 1955: Graduated from Stanford University

Visit Ballotpedia for summary data from recent polls and links to the complete published polls.

Berkeley IGS Polls

PPIC Statewide Survey (PDF). September 27, 2018

Voter Resources

Official California Documents

Statewide Offices Candidate Statements

U.S. Senate Candidate Statements

Official Campaign Website

Dianne for California

Campaign Finance Information

Voter's Edge Campaign Contributions

Total money raised, size of contributions, top contributors

Power Search

Access and download data from the Secretary of State's CAL-ACCESS System

Social Media

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Dianne Feinstein on Twitter

"A Progressive California: Act Like Democrats" - opposition ad, released April 12, 2018
"A Progressive California: Act Like Democrats" - opposition ad, released April 12, 2018
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