Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was born on December 9, 1966 in Albany, New York. She attended Emma Willard, the all-girls prep school, before going to Dartmouth College. She majored in Asian studies and studied abroad in China where the had the privilege to interview the Dalai Lama. After graduating magna cum laude, Gillibrand attended the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Gillibrand grew up in a political household with her grandmother and mother serving as strong role models who worked hard to better their communities. Her grandmother had a major influence on Albany politics advising Mayor Erastus Corning II and founded the Albany Democratic Women’s Club. Their efforts inspired Gillibrand to pursue a career in law and politics so that she too could help people and her community.
After graduating law school, she became an associate at the Davis Polk & Wardwell firm before leaving to serve as a law clerk to Judge Roger Miner. During her time at the Polk firm, Gillibrand became involved in – and later the leader of – the Women’s Leadership Forum. It was here that she was inspired by a speech given by Hillary Clinton which led Gillibrand to politics. She then worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban as a Special Counsel in Washington until the end of President Clinton’s administration. She then moved back to upstate New York to raise her family before running for Congress.
In 2006, Gillibrand campaigned for a seat on the House of Representatives and won despite running in a Republican-leaning district. She was reelected in 2008 by a landslide. Gillibrand resigned from her House seat in 2009 after being appointed to fill Clinton’s vacant Senate seat. She won reelection in 2010 becoming the youngest elected member of the Senate. She is married to Jonathan Gillibrand and has two children Theodore and Henry.
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