U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand grew up in Upstate New York in a family committed to public service. Her grandmother worked in the New York State Legislature at a time few women did and was a trailblazing grassroots organizer. As a child, Kirsten would join her grandmother to go door-to-door urging their neighbors to vote. Her father was a public defender and her mother was a lawyer who taught Kirsten about the importance of representing those without a powerful voice of their own. They inspired Kirsten’s passion for public service.
After being first elected to the House of Representatives, Kirsten became the first member of Congress ever to post a daily report listing her official meetings, earmark requests, and personal financial disclosures online for public consumption. Additionally, she authored the STOCK Act to ban members of Congress and their families from insider trading and has led reform efforts to ban members of Congress from owning and trading stocks at all.
In just her first term in the Senate, Kirsten led the effort to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that banned gay people from serving openly in the military and passed the historic 9/11 health bill, which ensured that first responders and 9/11 survivors got the health care they deserved. More recently, she passed major legislation to give benefits to veterans exposed to toxic burn pits overseas, passed the first-ever federal law making domestic gun trafficking a crime, and reformed the military justice system on behalf of service members.
In the Senate, Senator Gillibrand is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee and is chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. In addition, she is a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, where she has fought for dairy pricing reform on behalf of New York farmers and increased nutrition assistance for children, seniors and veterans. Senator Gillibrand also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee with a focus on cybersecurity and on the Senate Aging Committee.