We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

Feinstein Announces She Will Run For Fifth Term

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., right, with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has announced she’ll seek her fifth full term in office.

Feinstein listed gun violence, climate change, health care and immigration as key reasons for her re-election bid Monday. She’ll likely once again be the favorite, but her decision to run has stirred unrest from within her own party.

Some high-profile Democratic politicians quickly endorsed Feinstein, including Sen. Kamala Harris and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. But others are less-enthused about the 84-year-old senator pursuing another six years in Washington.

Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna is taking the highly unusual path of vocally opposing a popular, sitting member of his own party.

"She’s not the person who’s going to lead California into the future on some of these issues, and there’s plenty of that type of conversation behind closed doors," Khanna said.

Khanna said he’s not running against her and it’s not about age, but Feinstein’s hawkish foreign policy positions and skepticism about single-payer health care.

But there is a deep bench of California Democrats eyeing the seat, as they speculated if she would retire. It would not be a surprise if one or more looked to run anyway, and give Feinstein her first serious challenge from within her own party.

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio 

Sign up for ReCap

and never miss the top stories

Delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

Check out a sample ReCap newsletter.