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Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the oldest member of Congress, has returned to her home state to address a medical issue, according to a report Thursday.
A representative of Feinstein said the 89-year-old senator is “dealing with a health matter,” The Washington Post reported.
Feinstein “hopes to return to Washington soon,” the representative said, without providing any additional details about the senator’s condition.
Feinstein is the second Democratic lawmaker to disappear from the halls of Congress during the current session. Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman, who suffered a debilitating stroke during his campaign last spring, recently checked himself into a Maryland hospital to receive treatment for clinical depression.
Questions have long circulated about Feinstein’s apparently declining mental and physical abilities, even among her liberal allies.
Last April, her hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, ran an article proclaiming, “Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions.”
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