Media Tip Sheet: Trailblazing Senator Dianne Feinstein Dies at Age 90

September 29, 2023

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. a trailblazer for women in politics and a vocal advocate of gun control measures who was known for trying to find common ground with Republicans throughout her three decades in the Senate, has died at 90, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Faculty experts at the George Washington University are available to discuss Sen. Feinstein’s life, legacy and impact in the Senate. If you would like to speak with an expert, please contact GW Media Relations at [email protected].

Todd Belt is the director of the Political Management Program at the GW Graduate School of Political Management. Belt is an expert on the presidency, campaigns and elections, mass media and politics, public opinion, and political humor. In addition to his expertise, Belt is co-author of four books and helps to run GW’s political poll.

Casey Burgat, legislative affairs program director and associate professor at GW’s School of Political Management (GSPM), is an expert on Congressional capacity and reform. Dr. Burgat co-authored Congress Explained: Representation and Lawmaking in the First Branch and can speak to what a government shutdown would mean for Congress and its legislative process.

Matthew Dallek, professor of political management, is a political historian whose intellectual interests include the intersection of social crises and political transformation, the evolution of the modern conservative movement, and liberalism and its critics. He has authored and co-authored four books, including, “The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan’s First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics.” 

Peter Loge is the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs. Loge has nearly 30 years of experience in politics and communications, including a presidential appointment at the Food and Drug Administration and senior positions for Sen. Edward Kennedy and three members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently leads the Project on Ethics in Political Communication at the School of Media and Public Affairs and continues to advise advocates and organizations.