Senator Dianne Feinstein, 89, officially announces she will no longer run – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California, officially announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election in 2024.

Feinstein, 89, has served in the US Senate since 1992. There was wild speculation that she would not run for another term. Southern California Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, and Katie Porter, D-Irvine, previously announced bids to seek Feinstein’s seat in 2024 with the expectation that she would not run again.

Feinstein issued a statement insisting that while she is not seeking re-election, she will serve out the remainder of her current term. She said she intends to “get as much done for California as I can by the end of next year, when my term ends.”

“I championed several priorities for California and the nation in 2018: preventing and responding to wildfires, mitigating the impact of record-breaking droughts, responding to the homelessness crisis, and ensuring all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care,” she said. “Congress has legislated on all of these issues over the past few years, but more needs to be done — and I will continue that effort.

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“I remain focused on passing sensible legislation to fight the gun violence epidemic, preserve our pristine land, and promote economic growth — particularly to position California for, I believe, the Century of the Pacific.” And I will use my seniority on the Appropriations Committee to ensure that California gets its fair share of the funding. I’m confident we can achieve those goals because we’ve done it before.”

She added: “Even with a divided Congress, we can still pass legislation that will make life better. Each of us was sent here to solve problems. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 30 years, and that’s what I intend to do in the next two years. My thanks go to the people of California for allowing me to minister to them.” Senator Dianne Feinstein, 89, officially announces she will no longer run – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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