Democratic Senator Feinstein, 84, 'all in' on re-election
Oct 10 2017
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asks questions during former FBI Director James Comey's appearance before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017.
"I am all in!" she wrote. "But there's still so much work left to do, from ending gun violence, to combating climate change, to ensuring proper and affordable access to healthcare, and to giving DREAMers the chance to stay in the United States".
Feinstein was first elected to the Senate in 1992. Kamala Harris tweeted her support for the 84-year-old Feinstein shortly after her reelection announcement. If elected, this will be her fifth term.
Consequently, Feinstein is likely to face a fierce challenge from her left flank in the Democratic primary next year.
Gun control has been a top priority for Feinstein since she entered Congress.
Feinstein, a long-standing anti-Second Amendment senator, appeared on multiple TV shows pushing legislation to ban "bump stocks" in response to the Las Vegas shooting.
The NRA, in a statement last week, called for the ATF to reevaluate bump stock devices, which increase the rate of gunfire on semi-automatic weapons and were used in the Las Vegas slaughter. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said that if Republicans were willing to pass a bill banning bump stock devices - like those used by the Las Vegas hotel sniper - he would support the legislation, even if it was not accompanied by any other restrictions of weapons purchases. The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, has said he's open to legislation and that he'd spoken with Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, who was interested in holding a hearing. And two prominent Latino Democrats, Secretary of State Alex Padilla and state Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), who has served since 1977, has still not officially stated whether he plans to run again.