Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) passed away at the age of 90, according to reports.
Feinstein was coming to the end of her sixth Senate term after previously serving as Mayor of San Francisco.
The California Senator stepped down due to poor health and political pressure after bouts with illness.
This came amid reports of her diminished capacity, including her inability to remember her colleague’s names.
Feinstein’s death comes as Congress is barreling towards a shutdown.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) will appoint her successor.
The statement reads:
“Senator Feinstein never backed away from a fight for what was just and right.”
“At the same time, she was always willing to work with anyone, even those she disagreed with, if it meant bettering the lives of Californians or the betterment of our nation.”
“There are few women who can be called senator, chairman, mayor, wife, mom and grandmother. Senator Feinstein was a force of nature who made an incredible impact on our country and her home state.”
“She left a legacy that is undeniable and extraordinary. There is much to say about who she was and what she did, but for now, we are going to grieve the passing of our beloved boss, mentor and friend.”
As CBS news reported, in Feinstein’s final years, she had increasingly visible health and memory issues, and a conflict with her fellow Democrats over her refusal to step down.
She had planned to retire at the end of her current term in 2024.
Feinstein’s death leaves vacant her powerful Senate seat, requiring Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint a temporary successor.
The X account of Citizen Free Press posted:
“Dianne Feinstein voted yesterday. She was marked as a “yes” vote on the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act.””
Dianne Feinstein voted yesterday.— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) September 29, 2023
She was marked as a "yes" vote on the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act. pic.twitter.com/HTKMPukDTz