Long-serving Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who has been in office for more than three decades, will not seek reelection 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,” Feinstein said in a statement.
The 89-year-old senator, who took office in early November 1992 and will turn 90 later this year, is the oldest current member of the U.S. Senate and the longest-serving female senator in the nation’s history. GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who is slightly less than three months younger than Feinstein, just won another six-year term during the 2022 election.
California Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter each announced Senate bids last month, and both lawmakers lauded Feinstein on Tuesday.
“Dianne Feinstein is one of the finest legislators we’ve ever known. From the torture report, a dogged pursuit of gun safety, and championship of LGBTQ+ rights, her body of work defines her legacy. We are so grateful for her ongoing leadership,” Schiff tweeted. “As the longest-serving woman senator, Senator Feinstein is a trailblazer, & her accomplishments are immense. Looking forward to our continued work on combatting wildfires, preserving open space & fighting gun violence. We’re all indebted to Dianne for her distinguished service,” Schiff noted in a tweet on another account.
“Senator Dianne Feinstein has had a remarkable career serving the people of California. She created a path for women in politics that I am proud to follow. I thank the Senator for her leadership and appreciate all that she has accomplished for our state,” Porter tweeted.
Regarding an endorsement, Feinstein reportedly told reporters, “I don’t have anybody in mind right now.”
The 2024 U.S. Senate race in the Golden State will coincide with the 2024 presidential election.
While President Joe Biden has indicated that it is his “intention” to run, he has not yet announced an official decision.
Former President Donald Trump, who announced last year that he is running again, will likely face multiple challengers during the Republican primary.
Republican Nikki Haley announced on Tuesday that she is throwing her hat into the ring. Haley, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during a portion of Trump’s presidency, had previously served as South Carolina governor.
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