As California’s senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein has built a reputation as a lawmaker who finds commonsense solutions to problems facing California and the nation. Since her election to the Senate in 1992, Senator Feinstein has built a significant record of legislative achievement across a wide range of issues.
She authored the first major cybersecurity bill to be signed into law in years. She’s an aggressive opponent of sex trafficking and is currently working on legislation to prevent sex abuse of amateur athletes. She’s an advocate for consumers, authoring bills to ban chemicals in toys and crack down on rogue pharmacies.
Senator Feinstein led a bipartisan group of senators in passing legislation to drastically increase the fuel efficiency of cars. She helped create the nationwide AMBER Alert network, passed a bill to criminalize border drug tunnels and is a proponent of commonsense gun laws. She was also a vocal advocate for LGBT rights, championing the end of don’t-ask-don’t-tell and leading the charge to legalize same-sex marriage.
One of her most notable achievements was leading the six-year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. This effort culminated in the 2014 release of the report’s executive summary and passage of legislation banning the use of torture.
Feinstein in 2017 became ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee—the first woman to assume that role—where she helps shape policy on criminal law, national security, immigration, civil rights and the courts. She also oversees nominations and investigations, including Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.