At a Glance
- Career History:
Mayor, San Francisco (1978 to 1988);Member of the San Franscico
Board of Supervisors (1970 to 1978)Member of California's Women's
Parole Board, 1960 to 1966)
June 22, 1933
San Francisco, Calif.
- Alma Mater:
Stanford University, B.A., 1955
Richard C. Blum
Senate Select Intelligence Committee
(chairwoman, 112th Congress);
- DC Office:
331 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510(202) 224-3841
- State Offices:
One Post Street, Suite 2450 San Francisco, Calif. 94104 (415)
393-070711111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915 Los Angeles, Calif.
90025 Phone: (310) 914-7300
- Web site
Path to Power
Dianne Goldman was born on June 22, 1933, and grew up in San
Francisco's affluent PresidioTerrace neighborhood, a Jewish girl who
attended a Catholic high school. She graduated from Stanford
University in 1955.
In 1960, California Governor Pat Brown (D) appointed Feinstein to
the state's women's parole board, where she served until 1966 and
developed a taste for politics.
Feinstein voted with the majority of Democrats 94.2 percent of the
time in the just-completed 110th Congress.
Despite her voting record, Feinstein has a reputation for being an
occasional thorn in the side of her Democratic colleagues. Over the
last few months, she criticized President Barack Obama's choice of
Leon E. Panetta as the head of the CIA and suggested that Roland
Burris had the right to be seated in Obama's vacated Senate seat
before party leaders agreed. She had previously supported President
George W. Bush's tax cuts and voted for the resolution authorizing
the use of force in Iraq.
In July 2007 Feinstein endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
(D-N.Y.) for president, saying, "One great barrier remains [for
women] and Hillary Clinton is the woman to shatter that
She also works closely with California's other female senator,
Barbara Boxer (D).