The California Democrat, 80, is blazing a new trail: The distinction has never before been held by a woman.
Nov. 16, 2012 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) talks with the press on Capitol Hill in Washington after former CIA director David H. Petraeus appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee. After Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) died in June, Feinstein became the Senate’s oldest member, a distinction never before held by a woman. She is 80. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post Buy Photo