By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Related Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Blum, husband of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, died Sunday after a protracted battle with most cancers. He was 86.
Feinstein introduced her husband’s loss of life in a press release Monday morning that stated her “coronary heart is damaged immediately.”
She stated her husband, a rich San Francisco investor, “left issues higher than he discovered them” and was dedicated to his household. She described his work for the folks of the Himalayas and famous he was a longtime good friend of the Dalai Lama.
“My husband was my companion and greatest good friend for greater than 40 years,” Feinstein stated. “He was by my aspect for the nice instances and for the challenges. I’m going to overlook him terribly.”
In a White Home assertion, President Joe Biden referred to as Blum “a profitable businessman and proud son of California who devoted a lot of his public life to combating poverty across the globe.”
Biden stated he’d served on the Senate Judiciary Committee with Feinstein for 16 years and “throughout that point, Jill and I got here to know Dick as a good friend.”
Feinstein, 88, has missed votes in latest weeks as her husband’s well being declined, contributing to Democrats’ fragile 50-50 majority. Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., can be absent after struggling a stroke in January. He’s anticipated to return within the coming weeks, forward of an anticipated April vote on Biden’s Supreme Courtroom nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson.
A number of of Feinstein’s colleagues paid tribute to Blum on the Senate flooring Monday afternoon. Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stated it was at all times a pleasure when the 2 households would “break bread” collectively.
“Merely put, he was a captivating individual,” McConnell stated. “He was extremely profitable, adventuresome, courageous and curious.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, stated Blum was a “expensive good friend, a loyal philanthropist and a proud San Franciscan” who was a donor to arts and anti-hunger packages within the metropolis.
Blum was the chairman of Blum Capital Companions, an fairness funding administration agency. He’s additionally the previous chairman of the College of California Board of Regents and a former chairman of the advisory board for the Haas College of Enterprise on the College of California, Berkeley. He served on former President Barack Obama’s World Growth Council.
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