Kirsten Gillibrand

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Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand.jpg
U.S. Senate, New York
In office
January 26, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
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
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Office website
Campaign website
Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik Gillibrand (b. December 9, 1966) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from New York. She was first appointed to the Senate in 2009.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gillibrand is a "far-left Democrat".[1]

Gillebrand is seeking re-election in 2012..[2] She faces Scott Noren in the June 26, 2012 Democratic primary. George Maragos is seeking the Republican nomination.[3]


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]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Gillibrand serves on the following committees:[6]


Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Kirsten Gillibrand voted with the Democratic Party 96.0% of the time, which ranked 10th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[7]

Voting record


Specific Votes

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]



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

Gillibrand is running for re-election in 2012. She faces Scott Noren in the June 26, 2012 Democratic primary. George Maragos is seeking the Republican nomination.


On November 2, 2010, Gillibrand was elected to keep her appointment to the United States Senate. She defeated Joseph J. DioGuardi (R), Cecile A. Lawrence (Green), John Clifton (Libertarian), Joseph Huff (Rent Is 2 Damn High), Vivia Morgan (Anti-Prohibition), and Bruce Blakeman (Tax Revolt).[16]

United States Senate, New York Special Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKirsten Gillibrand Incumbent 59.6% 2,837,684
     Republican Joseph J. DioGuardi 33.3% 1,582,693
     Green Cecile A. Lawrence 0.7% 35,489
     Libertarian John Clifton 0.4% 18,414
     Rent Is 2 Damn High Joseph Huff 0.4% 17,019
     Anti-Prohibition Vivia Morgan 0.2% 11,787
     Tax Revolt Bruce Blakeman 0.1% 4,516
     Blank/Scattering 5.3% 250,033
Total Votes 4,757,635

Campaign donors


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.[17]

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Gillibrand and her husband Jonathan live in Brunswick with their sons Theo and Henry.[18]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Kirstin Gillibrand," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Capital New York "Gillibrand campaign emails supporters about Cenedella's 'misogynistic rhetoric,'" January 24, 2012
  3. PolitickerNY "George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller, First Out of Gate Against Gillibrand," Accessed January 6, 2012
  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. Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York "Kirsten Gillibrand"
  7. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  17. Open Secrets "Kirsten Gillibrand 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 4, 2011
  18. 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