Who Is Kirsten Gillibrand? New York’s Junior Senator Takes On Trump

By Nina Agrawal
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In 2017, Kirsten Gillibrand has elevated her national profile by taking bold public stances against Trump. She amassed a record of consistent “no” votes on the president’s nominees to appointed positions and spoke out against his executive order banning travel to the U.S. by immigrants from majority-Muslim nations.

NEW YORK

If Kirsten Gillibrand wasn’t already a household name, a Twitter war with President Donald Trump earlier this month may have made her one.

It started when the 51-year-old junior senator from New York denounced Trump’s support for Senate candidate Roy Moore as “shameful” and said the president should resign.

Trump lashed back, saying Gillibrand used to come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions and “would do anything” for them.

Calling that a “sexist smear,” she shot back: “You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office.”

The exchange was great publicity for a politician who is considered a possible candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

Gillibrand has said she is focused on running for re-election in the Senate and not for the White House. But if Democrats are looking for someone with anti-Trump credentials, she fits the bill.

Born into politics
Her grandmother was a confidante of longtime Albany Mayor Erastus Corning and president of the Albany County Democratic Women’s Club, and her father was a well-known lobbyist.

Gillibrand attended Dartmouth College and UCLA Law School, graduating in 1991. She joined the Manhattan law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell and later worked as special counsel to then-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo. She is married and has two sons.

Gillibrand volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign and has often described her as a role model.

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