Dianne Feinstein, 87 (D) has filed FEC paperwork to seek reelection in 2024 to a six year term
Chuck Schumer has had 'painful conversations' with oldest senator Dianne Feinstein, 87, about 'cognitive decline' and stepping aside - but she keeps forgetting they've spoken. Now Sen Dianne Feinstein (D) has filed FEC paperwork to seek reelection in 2024 to a six year term ... when she will be 89 years old.
Several progressive groups publicly - and Democrats on Capitol Hill privately - have expressed concern about Feinstein's cognitive abilities over the past year.
Pictured below, then Congressman Chuck Schumer with Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 1994 when they worked together on an assault weapons bill
Feinstein rose to prominence in 1978 when she served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She became its president in the wake of the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk - drawing national attention for her leadership during that crisis.
A former Feinstein aide defended the senator, saying that even if her faculties are diminished, 'she's still smarter and quicker than at least a third of the other members.' A point not many will argue with.
Her short-term memory is so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic and then criticizes staff for not doing their jobs.
'The staff is in such a bad position,' a former Senate aide said. 'They have to defend her and make her seem normal.'