Feinstein is the senior senator from California and is a Democrat. She has served since Nov 10, 1992. Feinstein’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2019.
Read our 2017 Report Card for Feinstein.
Feinstein is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Feinstein has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Dianne Feinstein sits on the following committees:
- Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
- United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Feinstein was the primary sponsor of 66 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 534: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
- S. 32 (114th): Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015
- S. 1170 (114th): Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2015
- S. 1300 (114th): Adoptive Family Relief Act
- S. 2013 (114th): Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2015
- S. 1469 (114th): FISA Reform Act of 2015
- S. 1681 (113th): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Feinstein sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Crime and Law Enforcement (24%) Private Legislation (19%) Health (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Immigration (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Sports and Recreation (5%) International Affairs (5%)
Some of Feinstein’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 686: A resolution honoring the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari.
- S.Res. 632: A resolution designating September 2018 as “National Workforce Development Month”.
- S.Res. 630: A resolution celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association.
- S.Res. 612: A resolution designating September 2018 as “National Child Awareness Month” to promote awareness ...
- S. 3155: Protect Our Food From Phthalate Contamination Act
- S. 3127: Bot Disclosure and Accountability Act of 2018
- S.Res. 550: A resolution congratulating the Golden State Warriors for their dominant back-to-back championship victory ...
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H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Mar 30, 2017. Joint Resolution Passed 51/50.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations bill which extended funding at the previous year's levels up to December 9, 2016 (10 weeks). After this, a continuing ...
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 24, 2015. Motion Agreed to 60/38.
This was the Senate's final vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. The House had ...
H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
May 22, 2015. Bill Passed 62/37.
This vote turned what was a bill regarding administrative appeals of IRS determinations into the Trade Act of 2015, which included Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as well as Trade Adjustment Assistance.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
On the Nomination PN958: Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, to be Attorney General
Nov 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 53/40.
On the Nomination PN2: Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
Oct 24, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 59/38.
On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.
From Feb 1993 to Nov 2018, Feinstein missed 213 of 8,447 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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