Dianne Feinstein is one of the leading American politicians who, through her service as a high-ranking Senator of the United States of California, has contributed her own quota to the promotion of the system of government in her home country. Prior to that, she held several commendable public service positions, including the office of Mayor of San Francisco as a member of the Democratic Party (1978-1988), and the only female politician to head the Senate Rules Committee from 2007 to 2009. She also holds the electoral record of 7.75 million votes, making her the most popular candidate in the history of the U.S. Senate elections. Here you can find more interesting facts about the accomplished politician.
Who is Dianne Feinstein, How Old is She?
Dianne Feinstein was born, Dianne Emiel Goldman as the daughter of his father, Leon Goldman, a surgeon, and his mother, Betty (an ex-model) on June 22, 1933, in San Francisco, United States of America. As a teenager, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, where she graduated in 1951. For her college education, Dianne received admission to Stanford University’s Art and History program, which she successfully completed in 1955 after meeting the school’s requirements.
Before she had political ambitions, she worked with the “Coro Foundation” in California and was also selected by the former Governor of California to serve as a member of the “California Women’s Parole Board”. Dianne Feinstein was among those elected to the San Francisco Board of Directors in 1969, a position she held for nine years. During this time, she tried twice in a row to be elected mayor of San Francisco, but failed. She was defeated first by Joseph Alito in 1971 and later by John Barbagelata in 1975.
Due to Feinstein’s decision to run for mayor and her stance on numerous political issues, she became the target of assassinations in the 1970s. At first, it was a bomb that was placed on her windowsill and fortunately did not explode. The second was an attack on her beach house, in which the windows of the house were fired at in the hope of meeting her there, but fortunately for her, she was not there at the time.
Dianne Feinstein Political Career
Her chance to become mayor came on December 4, 1978, after the death of the president of the regulatory agency, Moscone. She did so by serving the remainder of his term as mayor. But she was elected to this office after her great achievements, including the renovation of the cable car systems in San Francisco, which cost $60 million, and this led to Feinstein’s re-election to a second term. Thus she was mayor from 1978 to 1988(10 years).
In 1990, the former mayor entered the gubernatorial race for the California gubernatorial post but lost to then-Republican Senator Pete Wilson, who resigned from the Senate to become governor. Two years later, Dianne Feinstein was the second woman from California to be elected to the United States Senate in 1992.
She became the longest-serving senator in the United States and the longest-serving female senator in 2017. Dianne has also officially expressed her interest in having her Senate seat re-elected in 2018.
Her Net Worth
Dianne Feinstein is a financially successful civil servant whose many years of work in various political positions have made her a force to be reckoned with on the government scene. There is no doubt that she has also managed to accumulate a considerable amount of income from her salaries and from investments over the years. In 2003, for example, she was ranked fifth richest senator with net assets of over $26 million. By 2018, her net worth had grown to a whopping $94 million, making her the second wealthiest senator on duty in America.
Personal Life- Husband or Spouse
During her personal life, Dianne Feinstein was married to three different men. Her first marriage was in 1956, to Jack Berman (died 2002). At the time of her marriage, Jack Berman was employed by the San Fransico District Attorney’s Office. They welcomed their first and only daughter together in 1957, and her name is Katherine Feinstein Mariano (Presiding Judge of the San Francisco Supreme Court for twelve years). In 1960, Dianne and her husband filed for divorce shortly after three years together as a couple.
After the divorce, Dianne began dating Bertram Feinstein (a neurosurgeon) shortly after she ventured into politics. The marriage was consummated in 1962, but tragedy struck Bertram when he was diagnosed with cancer. He lost the battle and died in 1978.
Not long after her second husband died, Dianne met investment banker Richard C. Blum, and in 1980 they walked down the aisle to become a married couple. Since then, the two have been married.