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Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator
2,945,177 votes (44.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Universal health care
  • Ending gun violence
  • DACA and immigration reform



Profession:United States Seantor
United State Senator, United States Senate — Elected position (1993–current)
Mayor, San Francisco — Elected position (1978–1988)
Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (1970–1978)


Stanford University Bachelors of Arts, History (1955)


Since her election to the Senate in 1992, Dianne has built a legacy of finding solutions to problems facing California and our nation. Her accomplishments include legislation increasing vehicle fuel economy standards; preserving the Mojave Desert, Lake Tahoe and our forests; consumer protection, food safety and cyber security; drought relief; securing funding for critical projects; and commonsense gun laws, including the landmark assault weapons ban.

In 2017, Senator Feinstein became ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and oversees judicial nominations and its investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. She also currently is a senior member of the Intelligence and Appropriations Committees.

Dianne’s career has been one of firsts – she was the first woman President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman Mayor of San Francisco, the first woman elected Senator of California, the first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the first woman to be ranking member of the Committee. Dianne also was the first woman to chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Dianne was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors and served 2 ½ terms as President of the Board. She became Mayor of San Francisco in November 1978 following the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

The following year she was elected to the first of two four-year terms. As Mayor, Dianne managed the City’s finances with a firm hand, balancing nine budgets in a row. In 1987, City and State Magazine named her the nation’s “Most Effective Mayor.”

Today, she continues to work on critical issues and fight for the values we hold dear.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I support the Senate Democrats’ Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure, which would make key investments to improve America’s crumbling infrastructure including:

  • $210 billion to repair crumbling roads and bridges
  • $180 billion to replace and expand transit and commuter rail systems
  • $65 billion to modernize ports, airports and waterways
  • $100 billion for 21st century energy infrastructure
  • $110 billion to modernize water and sewer systems.
What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I am a strong advocate for universal health care, and with my colleagues in the Senate, stopped the Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In 2009, when we were considering the Affordable Care Act, I sponsored legislation to create a public option to compete with private health insurance, which I continue to support. I also support 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% of all premium dollars to go to patients, instead of 80%.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

We are a state and a nation of immigrants, and I strongly oppose Donald Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities and believe we must have comprehensive immigration reform.

I support the DREAM Act and DACA which is why I opposed the recent omnibus spending package that did not include protections for Dreamers. I also strongly oppose President Trump’s unjust and unconstitutional travel ban and have authored legislation to rescind the President's executive orders.

I was proud to work closely with Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers to author the Agricultural Worker Program Act to put farmworkers on a path to earned legal status and citizenship.

We must come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform, that includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, assistance for immigrant members of the armed services and their families, visa reform, backlog reduction, and family humanitarian relief.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

In the Senate, I secured passage of $558 million in federal funding in response to California’s five-year historic drought.

I have also coauthored the bipartisan Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act to further modernize investments in water infrastructure while protecting our environment. The legislation would authorize an additional $200 million annually over five years to support state revolving fund projects, encourage states to bundle their projects by waiving the $100,000 application fee and preserve the successful state revolving funds and the Water Infrastructure and Innovation Act loan program.

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I agree that the lack of civility is serious problem in our country right now.  And as leaders in Washington, we must set a positive example for how we can overcome political division and work respectfully with a common purpose to improve the lives of all Americans.

I’m not a name caller. Throughout my career, I’ve always been willing to work with my colleagues in both parties to enact pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our state and our nation. If re-elected to the Senate, I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner on behalf of the American people.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $24,328,355

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Dianne Feinstein
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and employees
Employees of Estee Lauder Companies
Akin Gump and employees
J.P. Morgan and employees

More information about contributions

By State:

District of Columbia 52.56%
California 40.39%
New York 1.92%
Virginia 0.99%
Other 4.15%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.49%)
Small contributions (4.51%)

By Type:

From organizations (5.41%)
From individuals (94.59%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Videos (3)

— May 25, 2018 Feinstein for Senate 2018

"I’m Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message. I support the affordable care act, and voted against all of Trump’s attempts to repeal it. But we need to do more. I believe in universal healthcare. In a public health option to compete with private insurance companies. And expanding Medicare to everyone over 55. And I believe Medicare must be empowered to negotiate the price of drugs. California Values Senator Dianne Feinstein"

— May 25, 2018 Feinstein for Senate 2018

"I'm Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message. I thought after Sandy Hook, where 20 six and seven year olds were slain, this would never happen again. It has happened more than 200 times in 5 years. Dianne Feinstein and a new generation are leading the fight to pass a new Assault Weapons Ban. Say NO to the NRA and YES to common-sense gun laws. California Values Senator Dianne Feinstein"

— May 25, 2018 Feinstein For Senate 2018

Dianne Feinstein: “I’m Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message.” Announcer: “Senator Feinstein’s original Desert Protection Act protects 7 million acres in Death Valley and Joshua Tree. Working with President Obama, Senator Feinstein protected 1.8 Million more acres. Now President Trump and corporate special interests want to extract water from the desert aquifer and threaten the entire desert ecosystem. Join Senator Feinstein, say no to Donald Trump and corporate greed. California Values. Senator Dianne Feinstein.”

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