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Dianne FeinsteinDEMDemocrat United States Senator
89
Years of Age
50
Years of Experience
CAResidence (state)

Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (FYNE-styne; born Dianne Emiel Goldman; June 22, 1933) is an American politician who serves as the senior United States senator from California, a seat she has held since 1992. A member of the Democratic Party, she was mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.Born in San Francisco, Feinstein graduated from Stanford University in 1955. In the 1960s, she worked in local government in San Francisco. Feinstein was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1969. She served as the board's first female president in 1978, during which time the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk by Dan White drew national attention. Feinstein succeeded Moscone as mayor and became the first woman to serve in that position. During her tenure, she led the renovation of the city's cable car system and oversaw the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Despite a failed recall attempt in 1983, Feinstein was a very popular mayor and was named the most effective mayor in the country by City & State in 1987.After losing a race for governor in 1990, Feinstein won a 1992 special election to the U.S. Senate. The special election was triggered by the resignation of Pete Wilson, who defeated her in the 1990 gubernatorial election. Despite being elected on the same ballot as her peer Barbara Boxer, Feinstein became California's first female U.S. senator, as she was elected in a special election and sworn in before Boxer.

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Campaign Funding

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$16,092,233
Total Raised
$16,865,427
Total Spent
$92,349
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Lawyers/Law Firms$674,535
79%
Retired$535,585
64%
Real Estate$437,335
51%
Lobbyists$345,076
50%
Securities & Investment$341,912
48%
TV/Movies/Music$330,075
41%
Women's Issues$279,872
34%
Crop Production & Basic Processing$229,420
28%
Electric Utilities$192,657
27%
Business Services$186,687
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Stanford University
1955
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
1951
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Senator
United States Senate, California
1992 - Current
Mayor
City of San Francisco
1978 - 1988
Member
San Francisco County Board of Supervisors
1969 - 1978
President
San Francisco County Board of Supervisors
1978
Director
Bank of California
1988 - 1989
Former Intern
Coro Foundation
Other Experience1 - 30 of 30
Member
Aspen Strategy Group
1997 - Current
Member
Biderberg Foreign Policy Conference
1991
Co-Chair
Permanent Fund, San Francisco Education Fund
1988 - 1989
Member
Japan Society of Northern California
1988 - 1989
Member
Trilateral Commission
1988
Chair
San Francisco Advisory Committee for Adult Detention
1966 - 1968
Member
California Women's Board of Terms and Parole
1960 - 1966
Former Member
Senate Centrist Coalition
Former Member
Inter-American Dialogue
Former Vice Chair
C-Change: Collaborating to Conquer Cancer
Chair
Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Current
Co-Chair
Senate Women's Caucus on Burma
Current
Co-Chair
Congressional Dairy Caucus
Current
Co-Chair
Senate Cancer Coalition
Current
Co-Chair
Congressional Former Mayors Caucus
Current
Co-Chair
Anti-Methamphetamine Caucus
Current
Former Chair
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
Former Chair
Rules and Administration Committee, United States Senate
Former Chair
Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate
Former Co-Chair
Congressional Study Group on Japan
Former Co-Chair
Women's Council, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Former Co-Chair
National Dialogue on Cancer Policy Committee
Former Co-Chair
Western Senate Coalition
Former Member
Congressional Baltic Congress
Former Member
Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, United States Senate
Former Member
Democratic Policy Committee
Former Ranking Member
Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate