NY’s Kirsten Gillibrand forms exploratory committee for White House run

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced Wednesday she is joining the lengthening list of Democrats seeking her party’s nomination by creating an exploratory committee for the 2020 presidential election.

Just ahead of a planned trip to Iowa, Gillibrand appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, revealing her intent to create an exploratory committee.

“As a young mom, I am going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I fight for my own. I know that I have compassion, the courage and the fearless determination to get that done,” Gillibrand said on CBS Tuesday evening.

Gillibrand told the comedic actor her purposes for a White House bid were to turn health care into a right, fight institutionalized racism, advocate for children and job training, and oppose corporate interests and corruption.

A native of Albany, N.Y., Ms. Gillibrand attended Dartmouth and received an undergraduate degree in Asian Studies in 1988.  Gillibrand later enrolled in UCLA law school, graduating in 1991.

Gillibrand entered private practice immediately after passing the bar in 1991 with New York firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.  While an associate with Dais Polk, Gillibrand played a role defending tobacco giant Phillip Morris.

Departed Davis Polk and joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton administration, serving as special counsel.

Returning to the private sector to continue law, Gillibrand accepted a position with New York law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, remaining until she ran for the U.S. House in 2006.

Twice elected to the House representing New York’s 20th District, Gillibrand resigned her seat in 2009 after then-New York Gov. David Paterson appointed Gillibrand to fill out the Senate term of Hillary Clinton.

Winning a 2012 special election, Gillibrand won a full term in her own right in 2018, carrying 67 percent of the vote.

As a member of the Senate, Gillibrand holds seats on the chamber’s Armed Services, Environment and Public Works, and Agriculture committees, and has drawn attention to sexual assault in the military, universal Medicare and gay marriage.

While a senator, Gillibrand enraged Democratic colleagues for stating former President Bill Clinton should have resigned in 1998 after the Monica Lewinsky affair was revealed and was one of the first Democrats to call on former Minnesota senator, Al Franken, to resign after allegations arose he sexually harassed female colleagues.


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