Padilla Statement Honoring the Legacy of Senator Dianne Feinstein
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.):
“It is with profound sadness that I bid farewell to my dear friend, colleague, and champion for the State of California, Senator Dianne Feinstein.
“Dianne Feinstein was a towering figure not just in modern California politics, but in the history of our state and our nation.
“She broke barriers throughout her career. Her leadership as the City of San Francisco’s first female mayor in the aftermath of the tragic assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk showcased her unique ability to lead with grace and strength in the face of adversity.
“Following her election to the Senate over three decades ago, Dianne’s commitment to bipartisan collaboration made her a deeply respected figure on both sides of the aisle. She understood the importance of working together to find common ground and get things done for California, for the country, and for the American people. Her ability to bridge divides and find consensus, especially on the thorniest of issues, was a testament to her dedication to the principles of democracy.
“And long before serving together in the Senate, Dianne gave me one of my first jobs in politics in her Los Angeles office at the start of my career as I was looking to make a difference in California. It’s in part thanks to her groundbreaking career that a Latino son of immigrants could one day not just work for her, but work alongside her in fighting to keep the American Dream alive.
“As we mourn Senator Feinstein’s passing, let us also celebrate her incredible legacy. Her contributions to our nation, from gun safety and environmental conservation to national security and health care reform, are a reminder of the power of public service. For Californians, so much of our public lands have been preserved thanks to her singular drive and leadership, from the redwoods of the Headwaters and the San Francisco Bay, to Lake Tahoe and the California Desert.
“She leaves behind a legacy of service, leadership, and a deep love for our country and our democratic ideals.
“May she rest in peace, and may her legacy continue to inspire us all.“