Produced on December 9, 1966, in Albany, Ny, Kirsten Gillibrand grew up in a political family, determined by the independent nature of her mom and grandma. She was named to the Senate in 2009 after Hillary Clinton stepped down. Gillibrand won the seat in 2010 and a 2012 reelection. Kirsten Gillibrand was born Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik on December 9, 1966, in Albany, Ny, and grew up in a political family with girls who have been independent and free thinkers. Her maternal grandmother, Dorothea “Polly” Noonan had, an important influence on Albany politics, counseling Mayor Erastus Corning II and arranging state legislature secretaries to political activity. Kirsten’s mom, Polly Noonan Rutnik, pursued a career in law and also would also become a black belt in karate. Her dad, Douglas Rutnik, worked as a lawyer and lobbyist.
Gillibrand graduated magna cum laude and went to earn a diploma in the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She worked for a legal company before going into the area of politics, inspired by the words of Hillary Clinton. Kirsten Rutnik took on the surname Gillibrand after wedding British venture capitalist Jonathan Gillibrand in 2001. They got two kids. She won the election and cemented her standing with community-based campaigningm, which resulted in a 2008 reelection landslide.
Gillibrand would step down from her House seat in January 2009. She was named by then New York Governor David Peterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat left empty by Clinton, who accepted the place of secretary of state as part of President Barack Obama’s recently formed cabinet. Gillibrand won reelection in a particular 2010 election, becoming the youngest elected person in the Senate at age 43.
She’s been a leading supporter of gay rights, urging same-sex marriage as well as the repeal of the “Do Not Ask, Do Not Tell” policy, thus permitting homosexual citizens to serve openly in the military. She’s also worked for women’s rights and improved health care benefits for 9/11 workers and served on the Senate Agricultural Committee, where she is fought against food stamp decreases.
As a senator, she afterwards softened her position on immigration and began to favor gun control. Gillibrand can be known to favor transparency; in her “Sunlight Report,” she openly prints whom she matches with politically—a choice that’s not always been welcomed by co-workers. Up for reelection in the year 2012, Gillibrand faced off against Republican Wendy Long, who’d also attended Dartmouth College. Gillibrand won the race, thus keeping her senate seat.