Kirsten Gillibrand

Race Outcome – Won:

Kirsten Gillibrand staying in the U.S. Senate is critical for keeping the Senate in Democrats’ hands.

A rising star in the Democratic Party, 21st Century Democrats helped Kirsten win her House seat against a four-term GOP incumbent in 2006.  21st Century Democrats endorsed her 2008 reelection bid for that seat, and then again in the 2010 U.S. Senate special election in New York.

Gillibrand became the youngest member of the Senate when she was selected to take Hillary Clinton’s seat, following Clinton’s appointment as Secretary of State. Gillibrand holds the place in the Senate once graced by Patrick Moynihan and Robert Kennedy.

Progressive Credentials:

  • A leader in the fight against the House Republicans’ anti-woman agenda, standing up for choice and women’s health
  • Voted for health care reform to ensure that health insurance becomes a right, not a privilege
  • Cosponsored the Employee Free Choice Act to ensure workers are protected
  • Voted for the economic stimulus package
  • Opposed President Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation
  • Actively supports fellow women in politics

Why We Like Her:

Kirsten Gillibrand has stood with President Obama to move forward on an aggressive economic recovery plan. She has also spoken out in favor of the public option for health care reform and supports doubling the Child and Dependent Care Credit, and eliminating or permanently fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax. A dedicated advocate for women and families, and one of the few senators with small children, Gillibrand gave birth to her second child only hours after voting in the House.

Candidate Quote:

“New Yorkers are tired of inaction and partisanship … They want solutions that will lower costs for families and businesses, and that is exactly what President Obama’s health-care reform plan will deliver.”

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Raised in upstate New York, Kirsten Gillibrand was first introduced to public service by her grandmother, a women’s rights activist who organized Albany women to make a difference. Gillibrand attended Dartmouth College, majoring in Asian studies and graduating magna cum laude. After her undergraduate studies were complete, she received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1991.

Gillibrand began her professional career during the Clinton administration, where she served as special counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo. Following that, she served as an associate at one law firm and a partner at another, working on a wide range of legal and policy-related issues. She handled many cases pro bono, including representing abused women and their children, and serving as a legal advocate for tenants seeking safe housing after lead paint and unsafe conditions were found in their homes.