Kirsten Gillibrand

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Kirsten Gillibrand's senate portrait
" The Senate is extremely slow"

Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik Gillibrand (born December 9, 1966) is the junior United States Senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party. She formerly represented New York's 20th congressional district prior to being appointed to the United States Senate to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton following Clinton's appointment to the position of Secretary of State in the administration of Barack Obama.

Quotes[edit]

  • [Hillary Clinton] was trying to encourage us to become more active in politics and she said, 'If you leave all the decision-making to others, you might not like what they do, and you will have no one but yourself to blame.' It was such a challenge to the women in the room. And it really hit me: She’s talking to me.
    • Describing Hillary Clinton's influence on Gillibrand's entering politics
    • Van Meter, Jonathan (November 2010). "In Hillary’s Footsteps: Kirsten Gillibrand". Vogue (Condé Nast Publications). Retrieved on 2011-01-26. 
  • I was just a young lawyer thinking, What am I doing with my life? What am I doing with my career? As I watched [Hillary Clinton] on that stage I thought, Why aren’t I there? It was so poignant for me. And that’s what made me figure out how to get involved in politics.
    • Describing Hillary Clinton's influence on Gillibrand's entering politics
    • Rodrick, Stephen (2009-06-07). "The Reintroduction of Kirsten Gillibrand". New York Magazine (New York Media Holdings). Retrieved on 2011-02-04. 
  • She seems like me — serious and policy-focused.
    • Describing actress Jodi Foster and explaining she'd like Foster to play her in a TV-movie, the Saratogian, November 5, 2006
  • The Senate is extremely slow: They have enormous difficulty passing the bills that even get through the House. That's the reality that I've recognized in my two years: that it takes time to change the world.
    • InsideOut Hudson Valley, January/February 2009
  • I realize that for many New Yorkers, this is the first time you've heard my name, and you don't know much about me. Over these next two years you will get to know me, but more importantly, I will get to know you.
  • My mother is a great hunter — she usually shoots our Thanksgiving turkey.
    • Saratoga.com
  • As a 10-year-old girl, I would listen to my grandmother discuss issues, and she made a lasting impression on me.
    • Talking about her grandmother, Polly Noonan, leader of the powerful Democratic machine in Albany and confidant of long-time mayor Erastus Corning 2nd, Albany Times-Union, October 16, 2008
  • I don't think clients you represented as an associate are relevant … I think how you vote is relevant.
    • Discussing her former legal representation of tobacco giant Philip Morris, Albany Times-Union, November 15, 2005

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