Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, officially announced Tuesday, Feb. 14, that she will not be seeking re-election in 2024.
Feinstein, 89, has held the U.S. Senate seat since 1992. There was rampant speculation that she would not seek another term. Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, and Katie Porter, D-Irvine, previously announced bids to seek Feinstein’s seat in 2024, anticipating that she would not run again.
Feinstein insisted in a statement that while she will not seek re-election, she will serve out the remainder of her current term. She said she intends “to accomplish as much for California as I can through the end of next year when my term ends.”
“I campaigned in 2018 on several priorities for California and the nation: preventing and combating wildfires, mitigating the effects of record-setting drought, responding to the homelessness crisis, and ensuring all Americans have access to affordable, high-quality health care,” Feinstein said. “Congress has enacted legislation on all of these topics over the past several years, but more needs to be done — and I will continue these efforts.
“I also remain focused on passing commonsense legislation to fight the epidemic of gun violence, preserving our pristine lands and promoting economic growth — especially to position California for what I believe will be the century of the Pacific. And I will use my seniority on the Appropriations Committee to ensure California gets its fair share of funding. I’m confident we can achieve these goals because we’ve done it before,” Feinstein said.
She added, “Even with a divided Congress, we can still pass bills that will improve lives. Each of us was sent here to solve problems. That’s what I’ve done for the last 30 years, and that’s what I plan to do for the next two years. My thanks to the people of California for allowing me to serve them.”