The Leadership Conference Statement on the Passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein

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WASHINGTONMaya Wiley, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein:

“Senator Dianne Feinstein was a trailblazing senator, making history early in her career as the first woman elected to serve as the mayor of San Francisco and the first woman from California to represent the state in the U.S. Senate. Over her 53-year career as an elected leader, Senator Feinstein consistently fought for greater gun violence prevention and access to reproductive health care, and she staunchly supported LGBTQ equality.

“She was the first woman to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the first woman to serve as its ranking member, helping to ensure the federal courts in California — and across the nation — are more reflective and representative of the communities they serve.

But she was more than her individual accomplishments. Senator Feinstein inspired countless women to be bold, to run for office, and to show up and fight for our democracy. Her work lives on in them. It always will. And it will continue to live on in all of us.

“The Leadership Conference is incredibly grateful for Senator Feinstein’s decades of tremendous service to our nation, and our thoughts are with her family, loved ones, and staff. We will honor her legacy as we continue our fight for an America as good as its ideals.”

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