35 Facts About Kirsten Gillibrand

1. Kirsten Gillibrand said blacks and Latinos in New York City are arrested at 10 times the rate of whites for marijuana possession, despite using it at about the same rate as whites.

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2. Kirsten Gillibrand said the rate of marijuana use is the same regardless of race.

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3. Kirsten Gillibrand says legalizing marijuana would benefit communities of color, particularly in New York City.

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4. Kirsten Gillibrand spoke to New York Family Magazine in 2013 and told the story of how she met Jonathan.

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5. Kirsten Gillibrand married Jonathan Kirsten Gillibrand in 2001 and had two sons, Theodore and Henry, by him.

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6. Kirsten Gillibrand is married to venture capitalist, Jonathan and lives in the town of Brunswick with her two sons, Theodore and Henry.

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7. Kirsten Gillibrand joined the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats and voted against providing illegal immigrants with taxi licenses in New York.

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8. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first Democrat since 1913 to win from her New York district during the 2006 campaign.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand has donated close to $12,000 to her senate campaigns.

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10. Kirsten Gillibrand started her career as an associate with the Manhattan-based law firm, Davis Polk and Wardwell in 1991.

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11. Kirsten Gillibrand was born on 9th December 1966 in Albany, New York to attorney parents, Douglas Paul Rutnik and Polly Edwina.

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12. Kirsten Gillibrand has caused some controversy in her time in office.

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13. Kirsten Gillibrand decided to run for the US House of Representatives in 2006, when both Bill and HIllary Clinton campaigned for her in the race against Representative John Sweeney.

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14. Kirsten Gillibrand published a political memoir, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World, in 2014.

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15. Kirsten Gillibrand entered electoral politics in 2006 when she ran for the US House of Representatives.

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16. In 2014, Kirsten Gillibrand released the bestselling non-fiction work Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World, which recounts her political ascension and offers her perspective on governmental affairs.

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17. Kirsten Gillibrand won reelection in a special 2010 vote, thus becoming the youngest elected member of the Senate at age 43.

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18. Kirsten Gillibrand was born Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik on December 9, 1966, in Albany, New York, and grew up in a political household with women who were independent and free thinkers.

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19. In 2006, Kirsten Gillibrand won a House of Representatives seat as a Democrat in a traditionally Republican region.

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20. Kirsten Gillibrand slammed leaders for stripping measures from a spending bill this week.

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21. Kirsten Gillibrand is that she's "definitely thinking" about running for president in 2020.

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22. Kirsten Gillibrand could have downplayed Franken's sins, which were less severe than, say, Donald Trump's and Roy Moore's.

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23. Kirsten Gillibrand lives in the town of Brunswick with her husband and their two sons.

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24. Kirsten Gillibrand met her husband, Jonathan Kirsten Gillibrand, a venture capitalist and British national, on a blind date.

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25. In June 2018, Kirsten Gillibrand "became the first sitting senator to call for abolishment of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, calling the agency a 'deportation force'".

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26. In 2015, Kirsten Gillibrand invited campus activist Emma Sulkowicz to attend the State of the Union Address.

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27. In 2014, Kirsten Gillibrand was included in the annual Time 100, Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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28. In 2012, Kirsten Gillibrand authored a portion of the STOCK Act, which extended limitations on insider trading by members of Congress.

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29. In March 2011, Kirsten Gillibrand co-sponsored the PROTECT IP Act, which would restrict access to web sites judged to be infringing copyrights, but ultimately announced she would not support the bill as-is due to wide critical public response.

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30. Kirsten Gillibrand had numerous potential challengers in the September 14, 2010, Democratic primary election.

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31. Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn in on January 26, 2009; at 42, she entered the chamber as the youngest senator in the 111th Congress.

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32. Kirsten Gillibrand quietly campaigned for the position, meeting secretly with Paterson on at least one occasion.

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33. Kirsten Gillibrand supported civil unions for same-sex couples, voted for a bill that limited information-sharing between federal agencies about firearm purchasers, and received a 100 percent rating from the NRA.

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34. In 1999, Kirsten Gillibrand began working on Hillary Clinton's 2000 US Senate campaign, focusing on campaigning to young women and encouraging them to join the effort.

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35. Kirsten Gillibrand has an older brother, Douglas Rutnik, and a younger sister, Erin Rutnik Tschantret.

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