You don’t drop out, you take defeat after defeat after defeat, but you keep going. – Dianne Feinstein
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) started her rise to badassery in extremely tragic circumstances: going from the San Francisco board of supervisors (and the first female chair), to being appointed mayor following the double-assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
Since then, it’s been a flurry of other firsts: the first woman to sit on the Judiciary committee, the first female chairwoman of the Rules Committee, first woman to co-chair the inaugural committee, and the first female chair of the Senate intelligence committee. She was instrumental in the assault weapons ban of 1994 and is currently fighting to revive the ban since its lapse.
In December of 2012, she fought against both the C.I.A. and a Barack Obama White House to share a summary report of post-9/11 used torture techniques to the public, and is still fighting to get the whole report (7,000+ pages) released.