Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) hugged the coffin The late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a trailblazing California Democrat, lay in state in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Feinstein, the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate, died Friday at age 90 The memorial service is scheduled for Thursday and will be open to the public at 1:00 p.m. local time in front of San Francisco City Hall.
The public will also have access to the City Hall Rotunda to view Feinstein’s casket on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pelosi arrived in San Francisco on Saturday and will speak at Feinstein’s service on Thursday.
Last week, she called the senator a “trailblazing leader.”
“Personally, it has been a great honor to serve Dianne for decades – from the hilly streets of San Francisco to the hallowed halls of Congress. “We were not only colleagues, but also neighbors and friends,” Pelosi said in her opinion on Friday.
Feinstein is survived by her daughter Katherine Feinstein and her granddaughter Eileen Feinstein Mariano.
She was the first female mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988 and a U.S. senator from 1992 until her death last week.
Live streams from the town hall rotunda show how many people come by to honor her.
“Dianne Feinstein was such an integral part of the city’s history, so in San Francisco there are these moments where you just witness history, and I think that will be part of it,” a participant named Andres Salerno said local station KGO-TV.
After Feinstein’s death, numerous politicians, including President Joe Biden, commented on its impact.
“She made history in many ways, and our country will benefit from her legacy for generations to come,” Biden said in a statement Friday.
According to People, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will also speak on Thursday.
“The mark of a leader is one who devotes his entire mind to a cause greater than himself. The mark of a hero is one who fights for others, who perseveres for others, no matter the cost, no matter the odds. And the mark of a friend is someone who stands by your side to fight the good fight on good days and bad.” Schumer told lawmakers in the Senate after her colleague’s death was announced. “Dianne Feinstein was all that and more.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday chose Laphonza Butler as Feinstein’s interim successor. Butler is the first openly LGBTQ+ Black woman and the third Black woman to serve in the Senate.
See more photos of Feinstein’s visitors to San Francisco City Hall below.