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Kirsten E. GillibrandDEMDemocrat United States Senator
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Kirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand (née Rutnik; KEER-stən JIL-ib-rand; born December 9, 1966) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States senator from New York since 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, she served as member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. Born and raised in upstate New York, Gillibrand graduated from Dartmouth College and from the UCLA School of Law. After holding positions in government and private practice and working on Hillary Clinton's 2000 U.S. Senate campaign, Gillibrand was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2006. She represented New York's 20th congressional district and was reelected in 2008. During her House tenure, Gillibrand was a Blue Dog Democrat noted for voting against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. After Clinton was appointed U.S. Secretary of State in 2009, Governor David Paterson selected Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat Clinton had vacated, making her New York's second female senator. Gillibrand won a special election in 2010 to keep the seat, and was reelected to full terms in 2012 and 2018. During her Senate tenure, Gillibrand has shifted to the left. She has been outspoken on sexual assault in the military and sexual harassment, having criticized President Bill Clinton, Senator Al Franken, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, all fellow Democrats, for alleged sexual misconduct.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
University of California, Los Angeles
Academy of the Holy Names
Dartmouth College
Bachelor of Arts
UCLA School of Law
Juris Doctor
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
United States Senate, New York
2009 - Current
United States House of Representatives, New York
2006 - 2009
"Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World"
Boies Schiller Flexner Limited Liability Partnership
2001 - 2005
Associate Attorney
Davis Polk & Wardwell
1991 - 2000
Former Employee
Hillary Clinton Campaign for Senate
Special Counsel
Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Former Law Clerk
Judge Roger Miner, Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Other Experience1 - 17 of 17
Former Member
Women's Leadership Forum
Congressional High Tech Caucus
Senate Intelligence Committe:Cybersecurity
Senate Agriculture Committee
Senior Member
Armed Services Committee
Personnel Subcommittee
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Personnel
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate
Former Member
Environment and Public Works Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Airland, United States Senate
Senate Aging Committee