Senator Dianne Feinstein asks a question as US Attorney General William Barr testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 1, 2019. © Aaron P. Bernstein, Reuters file photo

Veteran US Senator Dianne Feinstein dies at 90

Veteran Senator Dianne Feinstein, a titan of US political history who notched a string of legislative achievements during a trailblazing three-decade career in the Senate, has died at 90 years old, US media said Friday.


Feinstein, the Senate’s oldest member, was celebrated as a pioneer for women in politics and a hugely effective legislator. During a career that began in local California government, she grew to be a tough check on administrations from both parties.

She had already announced her retirement this February as her health worsened and following a number of missteps that threatened her legacy.

The Californian, who was widowed last year, became San Francisco’s first female mayor after the fatal shooting in 1978 of Harvey Milk, the country’s only openly gay politician, and mayor George Moscone by a disgruntled former colleague.

Other dramatic moments including surviving an attempted bombing of her home. She was also near the scene of an infamous double murder in San Francisco.

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