Kristin Gillibrand is a Democrat politician and a junior United States Senator from New York. She was named as the candidate from the New York delegation following Hillary Clinton’s appointment as Secretary of State.
Gillibrand ran in a special election in 2010 and won with 63% of the vote. Gillibrand was re-elected in 2012 with close to 72%, which was the highest margin of victory for any statesman across the State of New York.
Gillibrand was born on 9th December 1966 in Albany, New York to attorney parents, Douglas Paul Rutnik and Polly Edwina. Her father was a Republican lobbyist. Her grandmother was a leader in the Albany Democratic Women’s Club.
Gillibrand's adopted nickname during the college and childhood years was “Tina”. She graduated from Emma Willard School, an all-women’s school in New York. She enrolled in Dartmouth. She did her major in Asian Studies from Taiwan and China and graduated 'magna cum laude'. She studied law from the UCLA School of Law. She interned at Republican Senator Alfonse D’Amato’s office during her internship years.
Gillibrand started her career as an associate with the Manhattan-based law firm, Davis Polk and Wardwellin 1991. She worked as a law clerk to Judge Roger Miner.
Gillibrand was the leader of the Women’s Leadership Forum. She was inspired by Hillary Clinton and considers Hillary her mentor. Gillibrand has donated close to $12,000 to her senate campaigns.
Gillibrand was the first Democrat since 1913 to win from her New York district during the 2006 campaign. She won in the 2008 re-elections.
Gillibrand joined the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats and voted against providing illegal immigrants with taxi licenses in New York. She was famous for having her schedule published for the public to view and this was considered as a revolutionary move for transparency in office.
Kirsten is married to venture capitalist, Jonathan and lives in the town of Brunswick with her two sons, Theodore and Henry.