Democratic Senator from California
Dianne Feinstein was born on June 22,1933, the daughter of a respected surgeon and professor of the University of California at San Francisco Medical School. She received a B.A. in History from Stanford University in 1955 where she served as Student Body Vice-President. She is married to Richard C. Blum, has one daughter, Katherine, three stepdaughters, Annette, Heidi and Eileen and two granddaughters, Eileen and Lea, and one grandson, Mitchell.
In 1960, she was appointed by California Governor Pat Brown to the women's parole board. In 1969, she was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, where she became the first woman President of the Board. In 1978, after the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, she became the first woman Mayor of San Francisco. She was elected to two more terms.
Feinstein was first elected to the senate in 1992 to fill the remaining two years of then-Senator Pete Wilson's term when he resigned to become California's governor. She was elected to a full six year term in 1994, and again in 2000.
Feinstein was the first woman to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
She co-chairs the Senate Cancer Coalition and is Vice-Chair of the National Dialogue on Cancer, with former President George Bush and his wife Barbara Bush.
Her website and contact info is at www.senate.gov/~feinstein