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Dianne Feinstein announces she won’t seek re-election

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California’s senior U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election in 2024, but will continue to serve out her current term in office. “I am announcing today I will not run for reelection in 2024 but intend to accomplish as much for California as I can through the end of next year when my term ends,” Feinstein said in a statement.

Feinstein added she will be focused on the pandemic of gun violence that has gripped the American nation, her announcement coming a day after a mass shooting at Michigan State University that killed three and wounded five others and Tuesday’s 5th anniversary of the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjorie Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb.

14, 2018, that killed 17 and grievously wounded more than a dozen others. The shooter used a Smith and Wesson M&P 15, an AR-15 style semi-automatic assault rifle which had been previously banned under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban legislation she had co-authored in 1994 that expired on Sept.

13, 2004, in accordance with its sunset provision. Attempts to renew the ban had failed. In her statement Feinstein wrote: “I also remain focused on passing commonsense legislation to fight the epidemic of gun violence.” She ended her statement saying: “Even with a divided Congress, we can still pass bills that will improve lives.

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