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84-year-old senator Dianne Feinstein is running for re-election next year

84-year-old senator Dianne Feinstein is running for re-election next year”

Dianne Feinstein, at 84 the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, announced Monday that she'll run for a sixth term in 2018.

Furthermore, Feinstein is 84, and running for reelection means that numerous younger Democratic talents in California may not have a clear opportunity to rise through the ranks. Lots more to do: "ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare, I'm all in!" she tweeted.

Should Feinstein, a Democrat, win and remain in her seat through 2021, she would become the longest-serving senator in California history, passing Hiram Johnson, who served 28 years starting in 1917. At 84, Feinstein is the oldest senator now serving in the chamber.

Feinstein said her narrowly-tailored proposal should be sufficient to earn bipartisan support, but so far, no Republican has signed on as a co-sponsor. Kevin de León, the president pro tempore of the California State Senate, is seen as a particularly strong challenger, and there are likely to be others. "She's continuing her record of public service in the Senate, working on critical issues and the fight for the values we hold dear".

Feinstein's old-school political sensibilities and foreign policy could be at odds with California, where increasingly young and diverse voters have demanded all-out opposition to Trump.

Feinstein's California colleague, Sen.

However, when reminded of her age, a mere 38 percent said it would be good for her to run again, while 62 percent say it would be a bad idea.

The rising liberal star Sen. "What Californians get from Dianne is someone who sticks to her principles and achieves results regardless of powerful opponents, from the assault weapons ban to the Central Intelligence Agency torture report".

According to the Los Angeles Times, Garcetti wrote, "In this topsy-turvy world of the Trump administration, we need her seniority and her experience now, more than ever", in an invitation to the fundraiser, which he is co-hosting with his wife, Amy Wakeland.



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