Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has filed the initial paperwork required to run for reelection in 2024 despite the prospect of being 91-years-old three years from now.
A Statement of Candidacy FEC Form has listed the name of the committee as “Feinstein for Senate 2024.” This comes just weeks after Feinstein’s recent step back from a key leadership role in the Senate Judiciary Committee, a position she has held since 2017. In internal circles close to the Senator, reports have emerged as recently as December mentioning worry about Feinstein’s mental health, according to The New Yorker.
Although the filing of these reelection documents is fairly standard given the timeline, a 91-year-old Feinstein would go down in history as the oldest US Senator ever. In the past, similar paperwork has been filed by other applicants despite them not going through with the campaign process later on. Despite this, the submission of the FEC Form allows for the Senator’s campaign to collect donations for the upcoming campaign as well as fundraise accordingly.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Feinstein publicly defended her actions in recent months while in the spotlight during the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, saying, “I don’t feel my cognitive abilities have diminished.”
If Feinstein were to win in three years time and still be able to carry out the job to the best of her ability, the end of her following term would arrive in 2027, when she would be 97. She is currently the oldest sitting US Senator.