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The Religious Affiliation of
U.S. Senator from California
Dianne Feinstein is a Democratic U.S. Senator from California. In her public and political life, Feinstein has long identified herself as Jewish. However, she has been an essentially secular, non-observant Jew during all or most of her life. Before becoming a U.S. Senator, Feinstein reportedly told people who knew her personally that she was not Jewish.
In a practical sense, Senator Feinstein's religion could possibly be better described as Feminism or Liberalism, based on her fervent writing and exceptionally zealous activity in the service of these ideologies.
From: Seymour "Sy" Brody, "Dianne Feinstein: United States Senator From California", last updated ast updated 1 July 2005, in "Jewish Heroes and Heroines in America" sub-section of "A Judaica Collection Exhibit" section on Florida Atlantic University Libraries website (http://www.fau.edu/library/br147.htm; viewed 10 November 2005):
Dianne Feinstein is an astute politician who has successfully climbed the ladder of elective offices in San Francisco and California. She is the first woman elected U.S. Senator from California, (1992), the first woman to be elected president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, (1969), the first woman to be mayor of San Francisco, (1978), the first woman to be considered for selection as the vice-presidential candidate of a major political party, and the first woman to be nominated as governor by a major party in California...
From: "Dianne Feinstein on the Issues" page on "On the Issues" website (http://www.issues2000.org/Senate/Dianne_Feinstein.htm; viewed 10 November 2005):
Diane Feinstein has demonstrated that Jewish women can achieve politically in a male dominated... society if they work hard at it.
Dianne Feinstein on Principles and Values:
- Religious affiliation: Jewish. (Nov 2000)
- Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
- New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
- Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)
- Member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Jan 2001)
Webpage created 10 November 2005. Last modified 10 November 2005.
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