Kirsten Gillibrand

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Kirsten Gillibrand
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U.S. Senate, New York
In office
January 26, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 6
PredecessorHillary Rodham Clinton (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$36,437,810
AppointedJanuary 26, 2009
Appointed byNew York Governor David Paterson
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 20th district
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
J.D.University of California, Los Angeles
Date of birthDecember 9, 1966
Place of birthAlbany, New York
Net worth$102,003
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Office website
Campaign website
Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnick Gillibrand (b. December 9, 1966) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from New York. Gillibrand was first appointed to the Senate in 2009 and is currently serving her first full term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. [1][2]

Gillibrand is set to run for re-election in New York in November 2018.

Prior to being elected to the Senate Gillibrand served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009, when she resigned in order to accept the appointment to the Senate.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Gillibrand is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.


Gillibrand grew up in Albany. She went on to Dartmouth College and then attended UCLA Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1991.[4]


In 1991, Gillibrand practiced law privately in Manhattan. In 1992 she took leave from private practice to serve as a law clerk to Judge Roger Miner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Albany. Gillibrand later served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In 1999, Gillibrand began working on Hillary Clinton's 2000 US Senate campaign. In 2001, Gillibrand became a partner at the Manhattan office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner. She left Boies in 2005 to begin her 2006 campaign for congress.[5]

Gillibrand served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Gillibrand serves on the following Senate committeees[6]:


Gillibrand served on the following committees:[7]


Voting record

House of Representatives

As a Member of the House of Representatives, Gillibrand supported the auto bailout.[8] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[9]


As a Member of the Senate, Gillibrand voted for the stimulus bill.[10] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [11]

Gillibrand also voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[12] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[13]

Finally, Gillibrand voted against an amendment that would have defunded the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over its new immigration law.[14] As of July 8, 2010, 56% of U.S. voters were opposed to the Obama Administration's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.[15]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Gillibrand voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]



See also: United States Senate elections in New York, 2012

Gillibrand won re-election in 2012. She ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012 Democratic primary. She defeated Chris Edes (L), Wendy Long (R), Colia Clark (G), and John Mangelli (CSP) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. Senate, New York General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKirsten Gillibrand Incumbent 67.6% 4,808,878
     Republican Wendy Long 24.7% 1,755,466
     Green Colia Clark 0.6% 42,442
     Libertarian Chris Edes 0.4% 31,894
     CSP John Mangelli 0.3% 21,985
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.4% 455,963
Total Votes 7,116,628
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. Senate Results"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gillibrand is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Gillibrand raised a total of $36,437,810 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[18]

Kirsten Gillibrand's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (New York) Won $15,735,457
2010 U.S. Senate (New York) Won $13,418,545
2008 U.S. House (New York, District 20) Won $4,649,651
2006 U.S. House (New York, District 20) Won $2,634,157
Grand Total Raised $36,437,810

Individual breakdown


Lobbyist contributions

In an analysis by Open Secrets of the Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013, Rubio was one of 115 members of Congress who did not report any contributions from lobbyists in 2013 as of July 3, 2013.[19]


Breakdown of the source of Gillibrand's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Gillibrand won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gillibrand's campaign committee raised a total of $15,735,457 and spent $14,257,872.[20]


Breakdown of the source of Gillibrand's campaign funds before the 2010 special election.
Gillibrand was elected to keep her appointment to the U.S. Senate in 2010. Her campaign committee raised a total of $13,418,545 and spent $13,007,808.[21]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gillibrand is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 21, 2010.[22]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Gillibrand missed 12 of 1,263 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Apr 2013, which is 1.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[23]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gillibrand paid her congressional staff a total of $3,321,631 in 2011. She ranked 5th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranked 7th overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 4th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gillibrand's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $34,006 to $170,000. That averages to $102,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. Her average net worth decreased by 89.78% from 2010.[25]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gillibrand's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $631,006 and $1,365,000. That averages to $998,003, which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[26]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Gillibrand tied with one other Senator, ranking 13th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[27]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Gillibrand was tied with one other member of the U.S. Senate ranking 1st in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.[28]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Kirsten Gillibrand voted with the Democratic Party 96.9% of the time, which ranked 11th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[29]

Recent news

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Gillibrand and her husband Jonathan live in Brunswick with their sons Theo and Henry.[30]

External links


  1. Capital New York "Gillibrand campaign emails supporters about Cenedella's 'misogynistic rhetoric,'" January 24, 2012
  2. PolitickerNY "George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller, First Out of Gate Against Gillibrand," Accessed January 6, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bioguide "GILLIBRAND, Kirsten, (1966 - )" Accessed June 24, 2013
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "GILLIBRAND, Kirsten, (1966 - )"
  5. New York Daily News "Who is Kirsten Gillibrand? New York congresswoman to take Clinton's Senate seat"
  6. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  7. Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York "Kirsten Gillibrand"
  8. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  9. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  11. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  13. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  16. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Kirsten Gillibrand" March 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" Accessed July 3, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Kirsten Gillibrand 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Kirsten Gillibrand 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 4, 2011
  22. Gov Track "Kirstin Gillibrand," Accessed June 21, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Kirsten Gillibrand" Accessed April 2013
  24. LegiStorm "Kirsten Gillibrand"
  25. "Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  26., "Gillibrand, (D-New York), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, A voice for the people of New York"
Political offices
Preceded by
Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Senate - New York
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John E. Sweeney
U.S. House of Representatives - District 20
Succeeded by
Scott Murphy