Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

American politician
Date of Birth: 09.12.1996
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Kirsten Gillibrand
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Early Career
  4. Political Career

Biography of Kirsten Gillibrand

Early Life and Education

Kirsten Gillibrand, an American politician and senator from the state of New York, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Coming from a politically active family, her father, Douglas P. Rutnik, was a lawyer and lobbyist for the Democrats, and her mother, Polly Noonan Rutnik, was also involved in politics. Her grandmother, Dorothea 'Polly' Noonan, was a prominent women's rights advocate and a leader in the Democratic Party in Albany. Growing up, Gillibrand often heard her grandmother discussing various political topics, which greatly influenced her.

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Gillibrand completed her education at Dartmouth College in 1984, where she specialized in Asian studies. During her studies, she had the opportunity to visit China and Taiwan, and she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Even now, she occasionally incorporates Chinese words into her speeches. She went on to receive a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991.

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Early Career

Gillibrand interned for Senator Alfonse D'Amato and later worked under Judge Roger Miner at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. During President Clinton's administration, she served as a special advisor to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo. She was involved in the development of initiatives such as HUD's Labor Initiative and the New Markets Initiative, and she collaborated with the movement "Young Leaders Of The American Democracy."

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Gillibrand then pursued a career in law and politics, working as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell and later becoming a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. She handled a wide range of legal and political issues, from cases of domestic violence against women and children to finding new housing for people whose homes were deemed uninhabitable.

Political Career

In January 2009, Gillibrand was appointed to the United States Senate by Governor David Paterson, filling the seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who became the Secretary of State in the Obama administration. She became the second woman in the history of the United States to serve as a senator from New York. Prior to this, Gillibrand had been elected twice to the House of Representatives representing New York's 20th congressional district. She served in this position from January 2007 to January 2009, becoming the first woman to represent the district and the first Democrat since Edward W. Pattison in 1979.

During her time in the House of Representatives, Gillibrand established herself as a centrist Democrat with some leanings towards Republicanism and conservatism. Currently, she is participating in the Democratic primaries and seeking another term in the Senate until January 2013.