84-year-old senator Dianne Feinstein is running for re-election next year

Violet Powell
October 10, 2017

As the Associated Press notes, Feinstein is now the oldest US Senator, at age 84, and she will be turning 85 in June, but she shows no signs of wanting to slow down or kick back and retire.

"Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare", Feinstein wrote.

Feinstein also said she had some "interest" from the Congressional Republicans to work on the legislation banning bump stocks, but did not provide any names.

But NBC also notes that in such a large and diverse state, it can be hard for candidates with no name recognition to break through, and the "the "jungle primary" system, in which the top two candidates, regardless of party, advance to the general election, is created to have a moderating influence, which could help protect Feinstein".

"After 47 years in elected office and 25 years in the Senate, she continues to cling to office as a voice for the status quo", Khanna continued.

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All of this and Paddock's motive remains a mystery - no criminal history, no political agenda, and no connections to terrorism. He said that it was hard to believe that the weapons and ammunition found in his possession were acquired by him alone.

Feinstein has been a leading advocate for stricter gun safety laws for decades, and last week introduced legislation that would ban so-called bump stocks.

Ahead of her decision, several House Democrats from California, including Reps. She said the change in gun laws must be permanent and codified by Congress, not addressed through regulations only.

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. The devices were found on several of the weapons in the assailant's Las Vegas hotel room.

Feinstein announced the run on social media on Monday, noting her desire to keep fighting for various issues facing the country.

Now that Feinstein has announced her intentions, the political future of one other long-serving senator remains unknown. Sen.

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