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octogenarians on the trail

84-year-old senator Dianne Feinstein is running for re-election next year

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) announced Monday that she will run for re-election next year. Feinstein, who has served California in the Senate since 1992, will be 85 on Election Day next November. If she were to win, she would be 91 by the time her term ended.

Feinstein cited climate change and gun reform as incentives for her to continue working in the Senate:

Feinstein was elected the same year as former California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), and the two pitched themselves as a "dynamic duo" to Golden State voters at the time. Boxer retired at the end of her term this year, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D) now holds her old seat.