Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will give the Call to Order and the Welcoming Remarks at the official “Presidential Inaugural Opening Celebration,” to be held on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building. Photos, video and biography below.

Feinstein reigns as one of the three powerful California Female triumvirants in Congress: Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer and U. S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. All are Democrats.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein – Official Senate Photograph





In 2007, Dianne Feinstein sat at the head of what should have been an enormous scandal, tinged with billions of dollars and two wars: Iraq and Afghanistan. As Democrat scandals are wont to do, this one faded quickly with little mainstream media scrutiny.

Nevertheless, Feinstein was tagged as a “war profiteer,” and she eventually resigned from the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee, where her votes lined her husband’s pockets with billions (not millions – billions).

Her MilCon resignation was of little consequence to Feinstein. By this time, her husband, Richard Blum, had sold his ownerships of Perini Corporation and URS Corporation, to whom the billions flowed.

At issue also was the poor quality of veteran healthcare – overseen by MILCON. On her watch, we learned that wounded veterans suffered for lack of care as she, oddly for a Democrat, supported two wars that were hugely unpopular with her Senate and House peers. WorldlNetDaily reports that her husband’s companies also held large investments in the companies selling medical equipment to the Department of Veterans – usually without requiring competitive bidding.

Currently, Senator Feinstein has announced that as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee she advocates making the Army Field Manual the sole code for interrogation techniques – for not just the Military but for the CIA as well.

What Americans may not know is that the Army Field Manual can be revised by the Executive Branch (read that Barack Obama) without the meddling of Congress. Why would a Senator limit her own power? In this case, she has offered up a splendid prize to the incoming President, whom she can be assured will “tend to the care and keeping of terrorists.” Once again, the CIA will have their authority curbed. God help America.

Dianne Goldman Feinstein – Biography





Dianne Feinstein was born Dianne Emiel Goldman in San Francisco, CA to a Catholic Russian-Mother, Betty Rosenburg Goldman and a Jewish father, Leon Goldman.

Her birthdate is June 22, 1933. She is 75 years old. She graduated San Francisco’s Sacred Heart High School, but attended Hebrew school as well. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from Stanford University in 1955.

Feinstein was confirmed in the Jewish faith when she was thirteen years old and is one of only two Jewish female Senators, both of which are from California.

Feinstein has been married three times. She divorced her first husband, Jack Berman, in 1959 after three years of marriage. They had a daughter born in 1957, Katherine Feinstein Mariano.

Her second marriage was to Bertram Feinstein in 1962. He was a well-known neurosurgeon. They had no children. He died of colon cancer in 1978.

In 1980 she married Richard C. Blum, an investment banker.

Senator Feinstein’s political career is impressive. She went to work for California’s Industrial Welfare Commission. In 1962 she was appointed to a four year stint on the state’s Women’s Board of Paroles.

After a break from public life, she was appointed to the San Francisco Mayor’s Commission on Crime. In 1969 she was elected to San Franciso’s Board of Supervisors, serving for nine years. She became the Board’s first female President. She lost two mayoral races: the first to Joseph Alioto in 1971 and the second to George Moscone in 1975.

On November 27, 1978, a former supervisor, Dan White, shot and killed Mayor Moscone and another supervisor, Harvey Milk. The murder turned Feinstein’s world upside-down. As acting Mayor after Moscone’s death, she was later selected to serve out the remainder of his term.

The murders shocked the nation. Harvey Milk was the first openly-gay San Francisco city supervisor. He was Jewish and a small business owner. In November 2008, the movie MILK debuted to rave reviews. It is expected to receive Oscar nominations for best picture and best actor.

Feinstein’s remaining mayoral term was rife with anger, confusion and violence as the city struggled to deal with the history-making murders.

In 1979, she was elected to a full four year term as Mayor. She faced budget cuts and difficult labor leaders. She was a very successful city manager during her term. She brought development and expansion to downtown San Francisco and kept the budget under control.

Less successful were her attempts to veto legislation to extend medical and welfare benefits to same-sex couples, and when she tried to push through a law ban to handguns, some voters successfully gathered signatures for an unsuccessful recall. Her belief in a handgun ban has remained throughout her political career.

After running for California governor and losing to Republican Pete Wilson in 1990, she did an about-turn and ran for Wilson’s vacated U.S. Senate seat, which she won in 1992.

With the start of the 111th Congress, January 2009, she assumes the Chairmanship of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the first female to do so. She also serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Among other prestigious committee seats, she is on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and chairs the Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security subcommittee.

Feinstein has voted for the FISA Act, for the Patriot Act, and for McCain-Feingold. She is a supporter of Capital Punishment, and wants to bring back a Fairness Doctrine. She is an ardent conservationist, is against human cloning, and is opposed to the Second Amendment which grants the right to citizens to own and bear arms.

She has been recognized by the Susan G. Komen Foundation for her tireless support of breast cancer, and cancers, research.

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Left: Feinstein with Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State and George Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury at an America & Asia Event

Center: Feinstein with husband, Richard Blum, and Loaves and Fishes event co-chair, Janet Reilly

Right: Senator Feinstein and Richard Blum’s home

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MSNBC Video of Senator Dianne Feinstein Discussing the Closure of Guantanamo and instituting the Army Field Manual for all Government Agencies

January 14, 2009