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Kirsten Gillibrand: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

Kirsten Gillibrand
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Kirsten Gillibrand is a Democratic senator from New York known for her #MeToo advocacy and policy positions to protect sexual assault victims. Once a moderate as a congresswoman from a red district, she made a progressive turn after becoming senator, and now holds views considered further left than the liberal consensus.

Key facts about Kirsten Gillibrand:

  • Current position: Senator from New York — 10 years served
  • Age: 52
  • Born: Albany, New York
  • Undergraduate: Dartmouth
  • Date candidacy announced: March 17 (exploratory committee announcement on Jan. 15)
  • % of votes in line with Trump, per FiveThirtyEight: 11.7% (lowest of any senator)
  • Previous roles: U.S. Representative (NY-20), corporate attorney, worked for 2000 Hillary Clinton Senate campaign

Kirsten Gillibrand's stance on key issues:

Key criticisms of Kirsten Gillibrand:

  • Conservative track record: During her time as a member of the conservative Democrats Blue Dog Coalition when she represented New York's 20th district, Gillibrand had an 'A' rating from the NRA and opposed amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
  • Al Franken: Some Democrats are upset that Gillibrand moved to oust Franken from the Senate without a public hearing.
  • Staff sexual harassment: One of Gillibrand's staffers resigned over the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against one of the senator's closest aides, showing her office to be at odds with her public persona as a champion of sexual harassment victims.

1 fun thing about Kirsten Gillibrand:

Per Politico, her college nickname was "Elbows" because of her "aggressive manner on the squash courts of Dartmouth."