Kirsten Gillibrand

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Kirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand (née Rutnik; ; born December 9, 1966) is an American lawyer and politician and a member of the Democratic Party.wikipedia
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2010 United States Senate special election in New York

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Gillibrand won a special election in 2010 to keep the seat, and was re-elected to full terms in 2012 and 2018.
Governor David Paterson had appointed Kirsten Gillibrand to serve as United States Senator from New York until the 2010 special election, replacing former Senator Hillary Clinton, who resigned to serve as Secretary of State in the Barack Obama administration.

2018 United States Senate election in New York

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Gillibrand won a special election in 2010 to keep the seat, and was re-elected to full terms in 2012 and 2018.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was re-elected to a second full term, defeating Republican Chele Chiavacci Farley.

2012 United States Senate election in New York

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Gillibrand won a special election in 2010 to keep the seat, and was re-elected to full terms in 2012 and 2018.
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand won re-election to her first full term.

Kirsten Gillibrand 2020 presidential campaign

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Gillibrand was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020, following an official campaign announcement on March 17, 2019.
Gillibrand, the junior United States Senator from New York, had frequently been mentioned as a possible 2020 contender by the media prior to her announcement.

David Paterson

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Following Senator Clinton's appointment as Secretary of State in 2009, Governor David Paterson selected Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat that had been vacated by Clinton. Governor David Paterson's selection process began with a number of prominent names and high-profile New York Democrats, including Andrew Cuomo, Fran Drescher and Caroline Kennedy, vying for the spot.
Paterson also made two significant appointments: In January 2009, he appointed then-U.S. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to a vacant U.S. Senate seat, and in July 2009, he appointed Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor.

2020 Democratic Party presidential debates and forums

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After failing to qualify for the third debate, she withdrew from the race on August 28, 2019.
Despite support from seven other candidates (Sanders, Warren, Gillibrand, Castro, Bennet, Delaney and Moulton ), several progressive and environmental groups (Sierra Club, CREDO Action, Sunrise Movement, Friends of the Earth Action, Public Citizen, 350 Action, MoveOn, Youth Climate Strike), at least two dozen Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate, and over 52,000 signatories of a petition, the DNC turned down the idea of limiting some of their debates to only one debate topic.

UCLA School of Law

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Born and raised in upstate New York, Gillibrand graduated from Dartmouth College and from the UCLA School of Law.

2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries

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Gillibrand was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020, following an official campaign announcement on March 17, 2019.

Seniority in the United States Senate

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She has served as the junior United States Senator from New York since 2009, and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.

Connie Britton

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While in Beijing, she studied and lived with actress Connie Britton at Beijing Normal University.
She majored in Asian studies with a concentration in Chinese at Dartmouth College, and studied at the Beijing Normal University in Beijing during her freshman summer with Kirsten Gillibrand, who is now a U.S. Senator from New York.

John E. Sweeney

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Gillibrand considered running for office in 2004, in New York's 20th congressional district, against the three-term Republican incumbent John E. Sweeney.
Before being defeated for reelection in November 2006 by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, he was considered a strong candidate for statewide office.

Sexual assault in the United States military

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She has been outspoken on sexual assault in the military and sexual harassment, having criticized President Bill Clinton and Senator Al Franken, both fellow Democrats, for sexual misconduct.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) were amongst the sponsoring congress members and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and others reportedly joined as co-sponsors.

New York (state)

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She has served as the junior United States Senator from New York since 2009, and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.
New York is represented by Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in the United States Senate.

Davis Polk & Wardwell

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In 1991, Gillibrand joined the Manhattan-based law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell as an associate.

Albany, New York

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Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik was born on December 9, 1966, in Albany, New York, the daughter of Polly Edwina (Noonan) and Douglas Paul Rutnik.
The city is represented by Chuck Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D) in the United States Senate.

Caroline Kennedy

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Governor David Paterson's selection process began with a number of prominent names and high-profile New York Democrats, including Andrew Cuomo, Fran Drescher and Caroline Kennedy, vying for the spot.
Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand ultimately replaced Clinton as the junior New York Senator.

Al Franken

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She has been outspoken on sexual assault in the military and sexual harassment, having criticized President Bill Clinton and Senator Al Franken, both fellow Democrats, for sexual misconduct.
More than two dozen Democratic senators, led by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, called on Franken to resign before the ethics committee could review the allegations.

Wendy Long

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In the general election, Gillibrand faced challenger Wendy E. Long, an attorney running on both the Republican Party and Conservative Party lines.
A Republican, Long ran for the United States Senate in 2012 and in 2016, losing to incumbent Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, respectively.

Joe DioGuardi

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Despite what was expected to be a heated race, Gillibrand easily prevailed against former Republican congressman Joseph DioGuardi in her first statewide election.
He was also the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New York during the 2010 special election, but lost to incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

New York's 20th congressional district

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Gillibrand considered running for office in 2004, in New York's 20th congressional district, against the three-term Republican incumbent John E. Sweeney. She represented New York's 20th congressional district, a conservative district in upstate New York, and was re-elected in 2008.

Andrew Cuomo

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Governor David Paterson's selection process began with a number of prominent names and high-profile New York Democrats, including Andrew Cuomo, Fran Drescher and Caroline Kennedy, vying for the spot. Following her time at Davis Polk, Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Andrew Cuomo during the last year of the Clinton administration.
Caroline Kennedy (also the first cousin of Cuomo's ex-wife) was another leading contender, but withdrew for personal reasons two days before Paterson was set to announce his choice, leaving Cuomo and U.S. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand as the most likely appointees.

Hillary Clinton

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Following Senator Clinton's appointment as Secretary of State in 2009, Governor David Paterson selected Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat that had been vacated by Clinton. 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.

Emma Willard School

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In 1984, she graduated from Emma Willard School, an all-women's private school located in Troy, New York, and then enrolled at Dartmouth College.

2004 United States Senate election in New York

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She won the election with 72.2% of the vote; in so doing, she surpassed Schumer's 71.2% victory in 2004 and achieved the largest victory margin for a statewide candidate in New York history.
The record was surpassed by Kirsten Gillibrand when she won re-election to a first full term in 2012 with 72% of the vote.

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

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In 2001, Gillibrand became a partner in the Manhattan office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.