Senator Dianne Feinstein was in the hospital on Tuesday after tripping and falling at her home in San Francisco but was released after tests showed sh
Senator Dianne Feinstein was in the hospital on Tuesday after tripping and falling at her home in San Francisco but was released after tests showed she was fine.
‘Senator Feinstein briefly went to the hospital yesterday afternoon as a precaution after a minor fall in her home. All of her scans were clear and she returned home,’ a spokesperson for her told DailyMail.com.
But the latest health incident will raise more questions about the 90-year-old’s ability to carry out her duties as a senator.
Feinstein, a Democrat from California, has struggled with health problems in the past few years. While she had been in Washington D.C. the past couple of months for legislative business, senators are now on their annual August break.
Dianne Feinstein is reportedly in the hospital – above the senator in the Capitol in May
She was in a wheelchair and appeared frail as she entered the U.S. Capitol. During her return, aides have helped her around the Capitol and she has been told how to vote on major pieces of legislation.
She said doctors advised her to work a lighter schedule as she is still suffering side-effects.
‘Even though I’ve made significant progress and was able to return to Washington, I’m still experiencing some side-effects from the shingles virus. My doctors have advised me to work a lighter schedule as I return to the Senate,’ she said in a statement.
Feinstein and her late husband, Richard Blum, bought a $16.5 million mansion in 2016 in the expensive neighborhood of Presidio. It has a sweeping view of San Francisco Bay.
The 9,500-square-foot mansion has five bedrooms, three fireplaces, an elevator, a wine cellar and an in-law apartment. It was formely owned by Star Wars creator George Lucas.
She has held her seat in the Senate representing California for nearly 31 years.
She has refused to step down but has given her power of attorney to her daughter Katherine.
Dianne Feinstein’s home in San Francisco
Senator Dianne Feinstein in the Capitol in July before senators left for August break
Feinstein’s daughter Katherine (above) has power of attorney over her mother
Feinstein faced calls to resign – even from her fellow Democrats – amid her health struggles and concerns that her absence could hold up confirmations of President Joe Biden’s judges. She sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which holds the confirmation hearings.
Several women lawmakers supported her, calling it sexist to ask Feinstein – a trailblazing female lawmaker – to resign when many white males have served in the Senate until their deaths.
But she has stumbled in her days back on Capitol Hill. In late July, she had to be told to ‘just say aye’ when voting for a defense bill during an Armed Services markup.
When she was supposed to vote ‘aye’ or ‘nay,’ she instead launched into a bizarre diatribe.
‘I would like to support a ‘yes’ vote on this. It provides $823 billion …’ she said. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., leaned over and whispered, ‘just say aye.’
‘Aye,’ Feinstein said.
Feinstein has said she won’t run for re-election next year and several Democrats have already entered the primary to replace her, including three House Democrats: Reps. Barbara Lee, Katie Porter and Adam Schiff. Businessman Eric Early is running on the Republican side.
She is the fifth-oldest person to serve in the Senate. Strom Thurmond, the segregationist Democrat-turned-Republican, was the oldest and longest-serving senator ever: he was 100 when he retired in January 2003 after 48 years in office.
She is also one of the wealthiest: Feinstein is worth an estimated $58 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. She was married to investment banker Richard Blum from 1980 until his death in 2022.