September 29, 2023

Duckworth Statement on the Passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement on the passing of her friend and colleague, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA):

“Our nation mourns a giant today. Dianne Feinstein was an inspiring, inspired woman who devoted her life to public service, shattering glass ceiling after glass ceiling and blazing a path for generations of women like me to follow.

“Her career was full of so many firsts—first female mayor of San Francisco, first female U.S. Senator of California, first woman to sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee and first female Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, among others—but we should remember her more for her accomplishments. Her work to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, pass the Respect for Marriage Act and enact the assault weapons ban, which we must reinstate, made our nation safer and more equal—as well as meaningfully improved the lives of millions of Americans.

“My heart goes out to her loved ones, the people of California and everyone whose life was improved by her work. Rest in peace, Senator Feinstein.”