WASHINGTON (WV News) — West Virginia Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin each issued statements Friday marking the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Feinstein, a former mayor of San Fransisco who was first elected to the Senate in 1992, passed away Friday at the age of 90.
“She was a remarkable woman, an icon, and a trailblazer for women in politics, being the longest-serving female senator in history,” Capito said. “Dianne was someone I greatly admired for her good faith negotiating, effective problem solving, and unfailingly kind spirit. She was the picture of a dedicated public servant, and I wish we could have had our last female senators’ dinner together. It was a privilege to serve with her and she will be missed, but she will be remembered for her trailblazing, courageous life.”
“I always had the deepest admiration and respect for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and I was proud to call her my colleague and friend,” Manchin said. “Often the only woman in the room, Sen. Feinstein was a trailblazer for women across the country and broke barriers as the first woman to serve as mayor of San Francisco and was not only California’s longest-serving senator but also the longest-serving woman senator.”