Dianne Feinstein was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from California in 1992, fourteen years after she became the first female mayor of San Francisco following the assassination of Mayor George Moscone, who was shot with gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she was the first woman member . She helped create the AMBER Alert program, and pushed through an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. She’s been a vocal advocate for gun control throughout her time in the Senate.
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