Women in the Senate are paying tribute to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the longest-serving female senator in history, following her death at age 90.
Feinstein broke a series of glass ceilings throughout her life. She was a fixture of California politics for decades and was first elected to the US Senate in 1992 after a historic political career in San Francisco.
Sen. Katie Britt, a Republican from Alabama, noted that Feinstein created a “path for women in the Senate and girls across our nation.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, said Feinstein was a leader for women’s rights.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, said that despite their political differences, she enjoyed working with Feinstein on some bipartisan issues.
Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, called the late senator a “good friend” in a message on social media.
“She leaves a lasting legacy not only in the legislation that she authored, but in the example that she set, particularly for other women. For so many years she was the senior woman in the Senate and she set an example for the rest of us,” she later told CNN.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an Independent from Arizona, called Feinstein a “titan in the U.S. Senate.”
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, called Feinstein “an extraordinary American leader.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnessota Democrat, called Feinstein “a monumental figure in Congress” who “paved the way for so many women to serve in the Senate.”