Ms Feinstein was also the first woman to sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and first female chair of the Senate Rules Committee. Photo:X(Twitter)
US longest serving Senate member Dianne Feinstein passed away at her home in Washington DC overnight., her office said in a statement on Friday.
The 90-year-old American politician has served California for over three decades from 1992 until 2023.
She was first elected to the US Senate and became the first female mayor
her Chief of Staff James Sauls called her a force of nature who left a legacy that is undeniable and extraordinary.
Faced with questions on her age and health, Feinstein announced in February she would be retiring at the end of her term, come 2024.
The California Democrat, a staunch supporter of gun control measures, pushed for the 1994 assault weapons ban and has since advocated for more stringent legislation
Paying tribute, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, said Ms. Feinstein’s made history in so many ways calling her a pioneering American and true trailblazer
California Governor Gavin Newsom is set to appoint her replacement and has vowed to nominate a black woman to serve out the remainder of her term, which ends in 2025, BBC report.
Women in the Senate are also paying tribute to Sen. Dianne Feinste
Vice President Kamala Harris in a long statement expressing her sorrow described her as one of the greatest public servants that California and the United State has ever known.
Tributes are still rolling in from senate leaders and prominent leaders of the State.
Writing by Juliet Onwurah; Editing by Julian Osamoto