Sen. Dianne Feinstein Announces Retirement, California Seat Up for Grabs in 2024

California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced on Tuesday that she will not seek re-election in 2024. The 87-year-old Democrat has served in the Senate since 1992, making her the longest-serving Senator in the state’s history.

Feinstein made the announcement in a statement, saying that she was “proud of what [she] has accomplished” and that she was “grateful to the people of California for entrusting [her] to represent their interests in Washington for so many years.”

Feinstein’s retirement will create an open seat in the Senate for the 2024 election. Feinstein’s current term ends in January 2025.

The announcement has been met with mixed reactions from the public. While some are praising Feinstein for her long and distinguished career, others have criticized her for not leaving sooner to allow new leadership to emerge.

Feinstein’s decision not to seek re-election has also sparked speculation about who may run for the open seat in 2024. Potential candidates include California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

No matter who ends up running for the seat, Feinstein’s retirement marks the end of an era in California politics.