A black cloth and white roses sat upon the senate desk that for years belonged to Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The other California senator, Alex Padilla (D-CA), joined a tearful remembrance on the Senate floor, just hours after Feinstein’s death was announced.
“We bid farewell to my dear friend,” Padilla said. “An outright champion for the state of California.”
Lawmakers also honored her as a trailblazer for women.
“When we talk about the giants on whose shoulders we stand, for me that’s Dianne.” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
“Dianne was a leader in fighting for women’s rights and protecting our communities from violence and gun violence,” noted Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).
KTLA's Mary Beth McDade reports on September 29, 2023.