Dianne Feinstein (D) is running for re-election for Senate in California. Feinstein is serving her 4th term and was elected last time with 59% of the vote. Her chances for re-election are excellent in a strong Democratic state. She faces Republican Elizabeth Emken in the General. Senator Feinstein has been a solid vote and strong leader for women's rights. She sits on the powerful Committees on Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules & Administration, and is Chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence.
- Elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 1970-78; served as President 1970-71, 1974-75, 1978
- Mayor of San Francisco, 1978-88
- Elected to the Senate in 1992, making California the first state with two female senators (in addition to Senator Barbara Boxer)
Feinstein's Positions on Key Issues:
- Senator Feinstein is a key leader in the Senate on all women's rights legislation.
- She is a solid vote on all reproductive rights issues.
- The Senator is especially influential on the Judiciary Committee which deals with critical judicial appointments.
- Feinstein recently introduced legislation to rescind the Defense of Marriage Act.
Prospects: Feinstein has an excellent chance for re-election.
General Election Opponent: Elizabeth Emken (R), former Autism Speaks Executive; 2010 Candidate for Congress (CA-11)
Other Endorsements: Emily's List, Women's Campaign Forum, NWPC