• Press Release

EMILYs List Statement on Sen. Dianne Feinstein

September 29, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement on the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein:

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein was a titan of the Senate and a legendary figure for women in politics. Entering leadership in crisis, she would go on to repeatedly shatter glass ceilings in a lifetime of service. She was the first woman to be president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman to be mayor of San Francisco, the first woman to serve as U.S. senator from California, the first woman to chair the Senate Rules and Intelligence committees, and the first woman to preside over a presidential inauguration. 

“Her legacy of groundbreaking leadership is matched by a deep and lasting record of policy achievement. Sen. Feinstein wielded tough government oversight to advance consumer protections and human rights, LGBTQ+ equality, and environmental protections.

“She was a critical voice for women, championing the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent reauthorizations, and fighting for abortion rights and access to reproductive health care for over a generation. She championed gun violence prevention in all political seasons. And her 2014 report on the conduct of the country’s intelligence services led to landmark anti-torture legislation. 

“The loss of Sen. Feinstein is a loss for all Californians and all Americans.”

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.