Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has announced she will not run for re-election in 2024, but will finish her current term in office after three decades in the Senate.
Breaking News: Senator Dianne Feinstein of California announced that she would not run for re-election in 2024, clearing the way for what is expected to be a costly and competitive Democratic primary for the seat she has held for three decades. https://t.co/jzxtWpyXOc pic.twitter.com/ABkJ5ZBxaT
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 14, 2023
Her announcement serves as something of a confirmation after some in DC have expressed over concerns about memory issues.
From the New York Times:
Ms. Feinstein, 89, has had acute short-term memory issues for years that sometimes raise concern among those who interact with her. She has never acknowledged the problems.
She said in a statement that she planned to “accomplish as much for California as I can through the end of next year, when my term ends,” meaning Gov. Gavin Newsom of California will not appoint a replacement to fill her seat.
Ms. Feinstein, a trailblazing Democratic power broker, these days struggles to recall the names of colleagues, frequently has little recollection of meetings or telephone conversations, and at times walks around in a state of befuddlement — including about why she is increasingly dogged by questions about whether she is fit to serve in the Senate representing the 40 million residents of California.
Read the full report here.
In anticipation of her announcement, Reps. Katie Porter and Adam B. Schiff, both Democrats of California, have already announced their 2024 Senate campaigns.
I like both Porter and Schiff, for what it’s worth. Two very smart, experienced legislators.
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
Dianne Feinstein is one of the finest legislators we’ve ever known.
From the torture report, a dogged pursuit of gun safety, and championship of LGBTQ+ rights, her body of work defines her legacy.
We are so grateful for her ongoing leadership.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 14, 2023
Throughout her entire career, Senator Feinstein has been a champion for the Golden State. She broke barriers as the first woman to serve as Mayor of San Francisco — and in a moment of horror and heartbreak, she offered our City poised, courageous and hopeful leadership.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 14, 2023