Oprah Winfrey’s name has been floated as a possible replacement for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in the event the 89-year-old lawmaker retires before the end of her term next year, it was reported this week.
Questions have swirled about Feinstein’s health and her ability to serve in the Senate ever since she returned to Capitol Hill this month after a bout of shingles forced her to stay home in California for 10 weeks.
Feinstein has pledged to retire at the end of her current term, but The Associated Press indicated that several names have already been thrown into the mix should the California Democrat step aside early. One of those is reportedly billionaire TV host Winfrey.
After receiving blowback from some progressive groups for failing to appoint a Black woman to replace now-Vice President Kamala Harris, Newsom has sworn to do so if he got another chance to send someone to the Senate.