- Dianne Feinstein, 89, is one of the longest-serving American politicians.
- On Tuesday, February 14th, the oldest sitting U.S. senator announced that she would not run for reelection in 2024.
- Unfortunately, Feinstein’s cognitive abilities have repeatedly been challenged in the last few years.
Dianne Feinstein’s video is nowhere to be found. According to some sources, she announced her retirement on a video, but currently, no footage can prove that claim.
Dianne Feinstein, 89, is one of the longest-serving American politicians. On Tuesday, February 14th, the oldest sitting U.S. senator announced that she would not run for reelection in 2024.
Feinstein’s retirement will open up a California senate seat after almost 30 years. Many politicians have already launched campaigns for Feinstein’s senate seat.
Her decision to retire was announced on her official Twitter account.
I am announcing today I will not run for reelection in 2024 but intend to accomplish as much for California as I can through the end of next year when my term ends. Even with a divided Congress, we can still pass bills that will improve lives.— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) February 14, 2023
Feinstein’s career as a political leader got a grisly jumpstart in 1978, when she became acting mayor of San Francisco after the murder of the city’s then-mayor, George Moscone, and Board of Supervisors member Harvey Milk.
She was appointed soon after, becoming San Francisco’s first female mayor.
After a failed gubernatorial bid, Feinstein was elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election in 1992. She was reelected in 1994 to the first of five full terms.
In 2021, she became California’s longest-serving senator. She became the longest-serving woman in U.S. Senate history in November.
Feinstein’s political career is distinguished with several firsts for women: The first female mayor of San Francisco, the first woman to chair the Senate Rules & Intelligence committees, and the first woman to supervise a presidential inauguration.
Dianne Feinstein is nothing short of a role model for women, and her illustrious career should be used as a source of inspiration.
Unfortunately, Feinstein’s cognitive abilities have repeatedly been challenged in the last few years. Some ruthless people even went on to say that she could not be a senator anymore.
Dianne Feinstein proved her critics right when she denied that she would be retiring just hours after making that announcement on Twitter.
Feinstein said when asked about her retirement decision, “If I haven’t made that decision, I haven’t released anything.”
This left the public in a state of frenzy as the senator made two entirely different statements within a few hours.
A staffer reminded her that a statement announcing her retirement decision had been released. Feinstein looked utterly surprised upon hearing that.
This isn’t the first instance in which Feinstein’s memory and cognitive abilities have been questioned. Last year, several of her Senate colleagues anonymously expressed concern that her memory was fading and that she could no longer serve.