Dianne Feinstein Wins Senate Race
As wine glasses paraded around the room and anxious faces turned to grins, Senator Dianne Feinstein’s win fueled cheers and applause from a ballroom full of supporters. Hundreds of guests gathered at Moraga Hall in San Francisco yesterday, November 11, to witness yet another win in Feinstein’s political career.
While the evening began with a sense of excitement, the general feeling in the room was overwhelmed with eagerness. Feinstein’s guests filed in and greeted each other in a hopeful manner. Throughout the night, guest performers and speakers entertained the many faces before them. A choir group singing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” by Tony Bennett, captivated the crowd. Following the series of songs, the 41st Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown said some words on Feinstein’s behalf: “We see one after another of San Franciscans who merit, despite of the small population we have... we have the highest share of a leadership responsibility, electorally speaking, and no one stands out more dramatically in that regard then, of course, our own; serving longer than anybody else, anywhere, as mayor of San Francisco.”
Around the room, photos on display told the story of Feinstein’s long political career. One photo featured her as a young women seated next to Jiang Zemin, who was mayor of Shanghai and soon after became the president of China. Another featured Feinstein alongside former President Barack Obama.
At 85 years old, Feinstein has served numerous years in the political arena. She began her career in the 1960s, serving the city of San Francisco in various community positions. It wasn’t until 1978 that she began her ten year term as Mayor of San Francisco. In fact she was the first female mayor of the city, and later became Senator of California in 1992, making California the first state to have two female senators.
The year of 1992 marked the start of 26 years in Feinstein’s career as Senator and as of last night, her career will continue for another six years. The guests awaiting her speech towards the end of the evening awed at Feinstein’s tears of joy following her granddaughter’s introduction. Eileen Feinstein (granddaughter) spoke, “On a night like tonight, I really could not be more proud of this incredible woman who I get to call my grandmother.”
Feinstein addressed her guests shortly after, “Thank you for being here...the pride that I take in seeing this institution grow, widen, and change is just enormous.” She continued, “I just want you to know that this is the greatest honor in my life to represent my city and my state as a Senator of the United States.”
As the evening came to a close, attendees filed out the door relaxed in their support of the winning candidate. Feinstein herself exited with her family, prepared to dedicate yet another six years to representing the state of California.