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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s body was flown back to her hometown, landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.
Feinstein, who passed away on Thursday in Washington, D.C., following a series of illnesses, had been the oldest member of Congress at 90 years old, serving since her election to the Senate in 1992.
While the public was not granted access to her body’s arrival, many around the nation took a moment to remember the former San Francisco mayor. Known for her advocacy on issues like environmental protection, reproductive rights, and gun control, Feinstein was recognized for her approach in legislation and her ability to “bridge divides.”
Among those paying tribute was President Joe Biden, a former Senate colleague, who described her as “a pioneering American” and a “cherished friend.” California’s junior senator, Democrat Alex Padilla, highlighted her legacy, calling her “a towering figure” in both state and national history.
The process to fill her Senate seat is underway, with Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom expected to announce a replacement soon.