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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Political Highlights: San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 1970-78; candidate for mayor of San Francisco, 1971; candidate for mayor of San Francisco, 1975; mayor of San Francisco, 1978-88; Democratic nominee for governor, 1990; U.S. Senate, 1992-present
Born: June 22, 1933; San Francisco, Calif.
Residence: San Francisco
Religion: Jewish
Family: Husband, Richard Blum; one child, three stepchildren
Education: Stanford U., A.B. 1955
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (4th full term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; Defense; Energy-Water - Ranking Member; Interior-Environment; Transportation-HUD); Judiciary (Immigration and the National Interest; Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts; Privacy, Technology & the Law); Rules & Administration; Select Intelligence

Election History
2012generalDianne Feinstein (D) 7,864,62462.5
Elizabeth Emken (R) 4,713,88737.5
2006generalDianne Feinstein (D) 5,076,28959.4
Richard Mountjoy (R) 2,990,82235.0
Todd Chretien (GREEN) 147,0741.7
Michael Metti (LIBERT) 133,8511.6
Marsha Feinland (PFP) 117,7641.4
Don Grundmann (AMI) 75,3500.9
2000generalDianne Feinstein (D) 5,932,52255.8
Tom Campbell (R) 3,886,85336.6
Medea Benjamin (GREEN) 326,8283.1
Gail Lightfoot (LIBERT) 187,7181.8
Diane Templin (AMI) 134,5981.3
Jose Camahort (REF) 96,5520.9
Brian Rees (NL) 58,5370.6
1994generalDianne Feinstein (D) 3,977,06346.8
Michael Huffington (R) 3,811,50144.8
Elizabeth Barron (PFP) 255,0363.0
Richard Boddie (LIBERT) 178,9512.1
Paul Meeuwenberg (AMI) 142,6301.7
Barbara Blong (GREEN) 137,7101.6
Robert Hamming () 1020.0
Kathryn Crowder () 470.0
Jerry Carroll () 110.0
Linh Dao () 110.0
Tim Kalemkarin () 20.0
1992specialDianne Feinstein (D) 5,853,62154.3
John Seymour (R) 4,093,48838.0
Gerald Horne (PFP) 305,6992.8
Paul Meeuwenberg (AMI) 281,9722.6
Richard Boddie (LIBERT) 247,7992.3
Jerry Carroll () 370.0
Roll Call Vitals


California is 1st on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Dianne Feinstein is ranked 8th on the 50 Richest Members of Congress list.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.