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Kirsten E. Gillibrand


Kirsten E. Gillibrand , formerly known as Tina Rutnik, is a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing New York.

Gillibrand was sworn in as New York's Senator in January 2009, filling Hillary Rodham Clinton's seat. Before her appointment, Gillibrand served in the United States House of Representatives, representing New York's 20th Congressional District.

She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988 and received her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991.

During the Clinton Administration, Senator Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Andrew Cuomo. She then worked as an attorney in New York City before her congressional career.

Gillibrand was born and raised in upstate New York, but now lives Hudson, New York, with her husband, Jonathan Gillibrand, and their two sons, Theodore and Henry.[1]

Blue Dog Coalition

In Congress, Gillibrand was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

Background

Raised in upstate New York, Kirsten Gillibrand was first introduced to public service by her grandmother, a women’s rights activist who organized Albany women to make a difference. Gillibrand attended Dartmouth College, majoring in Asian studies and graduating magna cum laude. After her undergraduate studies were complete, she received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1991.

Gillibrand began her professional career during the Clinton administration, where she served as special counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo. Following that, she served as an associate at one law firm and a partner at another, working on a wide range of legal and policy-related issues. She handled many cases pro bono, including representing abused women and their children, and serving as a legal advocate for tenants seeking safe housing after lead paint and unsafe conditions were found in their homes.[2]

Influence

In the U.S. Senate, Senator Gillibrand has made her presence felt, helping lead the fight to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell," the policy that banned gays from serving openly in the military, and providing health care and compensation to the 9/11 first responders and community survivors who are sick with diseases caused by the toxins at Ground Zero. Senator Gillibrand worked to bring Democrats and Republicans together to win both legislative victories, leading Newsweek/The Daily Beast to name Senator Gillibrand one of “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

From her seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gillibrand has been a vocal advocate for strengthening America's armed services, national security and military readiness. In 2013, as chair of the sub-committee on personnel, she held the first Senate hearing on the issue of sexual assault in the military in almost a decade. Gillibrand went on to lead the fight in reforming how the military handles sexual assault cases, building a broad bipartisan coalition of 55 Senators in support of legislation to remove sexual assault cases from the chain of command.

In April 2014, in honor of her ability to work across the aisle and elevate the issues that are important to her, Gillibrand was named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People In The World."

As the first New York Senator to sit on the Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, Senator Gillibrand is giving New York families the seat at the table they deserve as Congress debates food policy. She worked hard to strengthen the 2012 Farm Bill for New York by strengthening specialty crops, expanding rural broadband and improving recovery efforts from natural disasters. She also led the unsuccessful fight to stop billions in devastating cuts to nutritional assistance for struggling children, seniors and veterans.

From her seat on the Aging Committee, Senator Gillibrand is committed to fighting on behalf of seniors, working to lower the cost of prescription drugs, make long-term care more affordable so seniors can remain independent for as long as they are able, and protect seniors from financial fraud. Senator Gillibrand is also working to lower property taxes, co-sponsoring legislation that would give New York residents a full federal tax deduction for their property taxes.[3]

Sewell connection

Terri Sewell began work in 1994 in New York City at Davis Polk & Wardwell, one of the most elite law firms in the country.

She met Tina Rutnik, a young litigator who was enthusiastic about squash, tennis and Hillary Clinton. Sewell describes the woman as having “a lot of balls.” They formed a fast friendship and Sewell joined her new pal as she hosted a young women lawyers event for Clinton at the Russian Tea Room. It was Sewell’s first political contribution.

But both women eventually made their way back to their homes in Alabama and Upstate New York and lost touch. But one fall day, Sewell’s secretary announced a call: “There’s a Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand on the line.”

They chatted, with Sewell confused about why the woman on the other line was talking her up as a possible female congressional recruit while on speakerphone with other female members in the room.

Then Gillibrand took the call off speakerphone and asked, “Terri, you don’t know who this is, do you?”

“Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand … ” Sewell responded.

The rest of the exchange went something like this.

“Terri! It’s Tina!”

“Tina Rutnik? You’re in Congress? Your name is Kirsten? Who is Gillibrand?!”

Sewell shouts for emphasis as she retells the moment from six years ago.

Gillibrand would soon be appointed to the Senate, but still took ownership of Sewell’s fledgling campaign, offering advice on political consultants, tactics, and most of all, fundraising.

“I just really became her No. 1 cheerleader,” Gillibrand said.

Both Gillibrand and Susan Rice personally donated to Sewell’s campaign, but Rice, then serving as ambassador to the United Nations, was limited because of her role in the executive branch.

As for Gillibrand, the pair often team up for legislation. “We have a certain innate trust for each other,” Gillibrand said. “We know where we both came from. I have a certain level of confidence in her that she knows what she’s talking about.”[4]

Asian experience

An Asian studies major at Dartmouth in 1986, Gillibrand studied for six months in China and Taiwan, becoming sufficiently proficient to comprehend stories in Chinese newspapers. She later spent four months in Hong Kong as a corporate lawyer. [5]

Ms. Gillibrand is apparently the only member of Congress with some proficiency in Mandarin, other than Representative David Wu, an Oregon Democrat who was born in Taiwan.

Ms. Gillibrand has come a long way from her days in China and Taiwan as Lu Tian Na, an exuberant adventurer who sucked down toad venom to counteract poisonous crabs from Beidaihe beach (about 180 miles east of Beijing), and who rode helmetless on a motorcycle in polluted Taipei. But those experiences deepened her appreciation for different cultures, Ms. Gillibrand said in an interview, and helped to shape her views on relations between the United States and China.

Ms. Gillibrand gravitated toward Chinese in college, she said, because she had never been to Asia and she loved the artistry of Chinese characters. Her Chinese name, Lu Tian Na, reflected a routine transliteration of her name. Tian Na (heaven and beautiful, respectively) represents Tina, which she was known as growing up, and the surname Lu (which means land) was thought to be a close match to her maiden name, Rutnik, and adds poetry and meaning to her Chinese name.

As a member (and eventually captain) of the squash team at Dartmouth, Ms. Gillibrand would practice writing countless Chinese characters during van rides to matches.

“She was more enthusiastic than average; she really stood out that way,” said Seth Hendon, a student at Dartmouth who taught her at a language drill class. “She really wanted to learn.”

During her studies abroad in 1986, first in Beijing, then in Taichung, Taiwan, Ms. Gillibrand, then a junior, sampled everything from congee to dried cuttlefish and stinky tofu. She used a slide projector to show images of people and places she photographed, talked constantly to ordinary Chinese, took up tai chi and navigated her bicycle through Beijing’s thoroughfares and narrow alleys.

By the time she returned to Dartmouth, Ms. Gillibrand could comprehend television news and newspaper articles, according to two classmates, Eve Stacey and Dana Beard, who accompanied Ms. Gillibrand overseas.

“I know it was a life-changing experience for me, and I suspect it was the same for Tina,” said Ms. Beard. “It opened our minds.”

Ms. Gillibrand agreed.

“Our relationship with China is extraordinarily complicated, and when you do understand the culture better, having that appreciation means you can hopefully find compromises,” she said.

She said that the United States should be a “candle for the world,” and that “so much of our foreign policy and national security depends on China.”

She also suggested that she would be pragmatic in dealing with China’s human rights record. She recalled trekking in Tibet, and noticing a 5-year-old boy who had little choice, because of his family’s economic predicament, but to work alongside his father, carting stones in a wheelbarrow.

“When we talk about child labor laws, I have a recognition of how far other places have to go,” she said.[6]

Asian Americans for Equality

Kirsten Gillibrand is very close to Asian Americans for Equality, the pro-Red China re-branding of the Communist Workers Party, and other spin-offs of that organization.

John Liu connection

At the Chinatown parade down Mott Street on Feb. 1 2009, Ms. Gillibrand was flanked by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose district includes Chinatown, and Councilman and John C. Liu, who represents Flushing, both Asian Americans for Equality affiliates. Mr. Liu, who immigrated from Taiwan as a child, rarely speaks Chinese in public, even though his Mandarin is quite good. Mr. Silver, meanwhile, can say, “Hello, I am Silver,” in Cantonese.[7]

Endorsed by Liu and Meng

Meng, Gillibrand, Liu

City Comptroller John Liu and Assemblymember Grace Meng (D-Flushing) formally endorsed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) for the U.S. Senate March 20, 2010.

Gillibrand was appointed junior U,S, Senator from New York by Governor David Paterson after Senator Hillary Clinton was named Secretary of State by President Barack Obama and will run for election to the seat in November.

Joined by Asian-American community leaders, Liu and Meng led Gillibrand on a walking tour of Downtown Flushing’s business section along Main Street through narrow sidewalks crowded by locals shopping and going about their daily routine. The tour began at the Flushing Library at 41st Avenue and Main Street and ended at 37th Avenue and Main Street. Along the way, the trio stopped at Ou Jiang Supermarket underneath the Long Island Rail Road overpass, where Gillibrand ate a handmade dumpling and then sipped bubble tea at Taipan Bakery. Gillibrand also paid a visit to the Xinhua Bookstore the source of thousands of books in various Asian dialects.

“Our relationship with China is extraordinarily complicated, and when you do understand the culture better, having that appreciation means you can hopefully find compromises,” Gillibrand said.

“The Senator’s knowledge of our culture makes her more sympathetic to our needs and goals,” Grace Meng said. [8]

Backing Meng

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand seems to have a preferred candidate in the race to succeed Gary Ackerman.

After an event on equal pay at N.Y.U. Law April 16, 2012, , Gillibrand posed for photos with Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who said she was absorbing positive energy from the senator and Councilwoman Letitia James.

"We're making sure you win," Gillibrand told Meng.

Gillibrand had just told a mostly female crowd of about 100 that they should seek out less-senior women in their own field and offer them guidance on how to succeed in a male-dominated world. Her words to Meng seemed to be offered in that spirit.

As the women mixed up for various groups photos, Gillibrand gave Meng a serious look and told her to "keep fighting" to get to Congress.[9]

Supported APALA hearing

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance New York Chapter convened the first New York Area Asian Pacific American Workers' Rights Hearing on Saturday, June 5, 2010. As part of a national campaign, the New York area hearing convened policymakers, scholars, and workers to address working conditions and the right to organize for APA workers. Additionally the hearing debuted APALA's new report, Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence.

"Asian Pacific American workers are an integral part of New York City and we are proud to convene the first citywide hearing dedicated to this segment of the workforce," said Lenny Moy, APALA New York Chapter President. "Our hope is that these hearings serve to build local capacity to support workers' rights and strengthen worker voices."

Hearing panelists included the following: New York City Comptroller John Liu, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Colleen Gardener, State Director for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Peter Hatch, New York State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Terrence Melvin, New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO Political Director Sharada Polavarapu, Professor Tarry Hum, AFSCME DC 37 Treasurer Maf Uddin, SEIU 1199 Secretary-Treasurer Maria Castaneda, Malcolm Amado Uno, Executive Director, APALA, and IBEW 3 Treasurer Michael Yee.[10]

"Justice for Danny Chen" campaign

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Kirsten Gillibrand has very actively supported a major Asian Americans for Equality campaign - Justice for Danny Chen.

Pvt. Danny Chen, the Chinese American U.S. soldier from New York who suicided in October 2011 after "enduring intolerable racial hazing and harassment from fellow soldiers while serving in Afghanistan", was memorialized at an event in New York's Chinatown.

A section of Elizabeth Street, between Canal and Bayard, was co-named "Pvt. Danny Chen Way." The city council approved the re-naming last December. The street unveiling, preceded by a breakfast reception and march sponsored by several far left organizations, including Veterans for Peace (NY Chapter), Organization of Chinese Americans, Asian Americans for Equality, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Chinese Progressive Association, Committee of Asian Americans Against Violence, Asian American Justice Center, East Coast Asian American Student Union, MinKwon Center for Community Action, and other community organizations, took place on Saturday, May 17 2014.

Honorary Co-Hosts were: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (member of Senate Armed Services Committee), and three well known Asian Americans for Equality supporters Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Councilwoman Margaret Chin. [11]

Legislation to track hazing

At a meeting of the City of New York Community Board #3 held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 6:30pm at PS 20, 166 Essex Street, Angie Hu read a statement on behalf of Senator Gillibrand: Speaking in support of conaming Elizabeth St. to Danny Chen Way. Also about working with Organization of Chinese Americans New York to introduce legislation to track hazing.[12]

Going after the Army

January 23, 2012, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Nydia Velázquez, Judy Chu, and Mike Honda, called on the U.S. Army to provide a comprehensive review on how the department tracks its hazing and harassment incidents and implements anti-hazing training. The urging by the four members of Congress comes after Army investigators found that a New York resident, Private Danny Chen, was subjected to daily race-based hazing and physical abuse by members of his platoon in the lead-up to his death. The lawmakers also requested details on what current measures are in place for soldiers in remote bases to report hazing incidents when their entire chain of command is implicated. Last month, Senator Gillibrand called on the Defense Department for a system-wide review of bullying and mistreatment. The Senator asked for a Department-wide review because of the case of Marine Pvt. Hamson McPherson, Jr., a Staten Island Marine who committed suicide, allegedly due to hazing.

Senator Gillibrand, along with Representatives Velázquez, Chu, and Honda wrote in a letter to U.S. Army Secretary McHugh, “We are very concerned about the reports of the constant hazing, apparently mixed with racial slurs, and other mistreatment by [Danny Chen’s] fellow soldiers and his direct superiors. We know you share our concern and take this issue very seriously, and we support the guidance issued in your hazing memo on January 13, 2012. Our men and women in uniform deserve to serve in a supportive environment from their fellow soldiers as they put their lives on the line for our country… However in light of this shocking incident, we would like to better understand the education and training process that are provided to Army soldiers and recruits regarding hazing and harassment among the force, as well as the repercussions and disciplinary measures taken in such incidents.”

“The details I have learned about the tragedy of Danny Chen and other soldiers are heartbreaking,” said Senator Gillibrand. “No soldier should have to mentally or physically fear another soldier or supervisor and those responsible for abuse must be held accountable. We need a full review of all abuse cases across the Army and take the actions necessary to prevent future tragedies from happening.”[13]

ACORN

Gillibrand was one of just seven senators who voted against the provision to deny funds to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

"At a time when the government is facing a record deficit and New York is still struggling to get its economy back on track, Sen. Gillibrand's vote tonight is stunning," National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh said in a statement released after the Senate vote had concluded. "Even an outspoken liberal like Sen. Schumer voted against ACORN, so why did Kirsten Gillibrand vote to protect them? New York's appointed Senator owes every New York taxpayer a thorough explanation."

"While Sen. Gillibrand finds the actions of certain ACORN employees to be reprehensible and will ask ACORN leaders for a full investigation and plan to prevent any further abuse, the truth remains that thousands of New York families who are facing foreclosure depend on charitable organizations like ACORN for assistance," said Bethany Lesser, a spokesman for Gillibrand. "Sen. Gillibrand believes that eliminating funding for the important programs that ACORN provides would be harmful to the thousands of hard-working New Yorkers who need extra assistance in the middle of this economic crisis."[14]

Fair Elections Now Act

In 2010 Senator Maria Cantwell signed on as a Senate co-sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act (FENA), S.752 - joining Senator Dick Durbin (original sponsor) and other Senate colleagues for a total of nine.

In the Senate, others were Sens. Barbara Boxer, Chris Dodd, Russ Feingold, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tom Harkin, John Kerry, and Arlen Specter. [15]

Communist Party interest

As part of the discussion leading up to the Communist Party USA's 29th National Convention May 21-23, 2010. the State Committee of the New York District, CPUSA, contributed a paper "Convention Discussion: New York's Road to the Future" - which included the lines;[16]

Sen. Gillibrand's seat may be the most important electoral fight. A loss of a relatively progressive Democrat from New York is not at all out of the question, and would devastate the national political scene. There are also a good number of House seats up for grabs; we have to keep our eyes on them.

Progressive endorsements

Despite the early date on the political calendar, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., appointed to fill the seat vacated by now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has already picked up a spate of endorsements from labor, progressives, leaders of the African American and Latino communities, Democratic Party leaders and others.

Former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, who with a campaign budget of less than $10 million was able to come within five points of beating out billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009, was the latest to offer his seal of approval. Gillibrand, according to Thompson, has been "putting more New Yorkers back to work and fighting for justice, fairness and equality for every single New Yorker."

Many are saying that, for a Democrat holding a statewide federal office, Gillibrand has strong progressive credentials. Indeed, a campaign has been organized by health care activists to call Gillibrand's office to thank her for taking a lead in the fight for health care reform. Gillibrand recently signed a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to, despite the recent defeat in Massachusetts that took the Democrats' filibuster proof majority, ensure that real health care reform-with a public option-is passed. The letter advocates using the budget reconciliation process, which requires only 51 votes.

While 119 House Democrats have signed the letter, as have 300,000 grassroots activists, only a few Senators have added their names.

Others who have endorsed Gillibrand make up a broad cross-section of New Yorkers: the vast majority of Democratic Party county chairs, Rep. Nydia Velázquez and a number of other members of New York's Congressional delegation, Emily's list, the pro-GLBT rights Human Rights Campaign, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the New York State United Teachers, the Public Employees Federation, as well as numerous other leaders and groups. Also, the White House has made clear that it supports Gillibrand.[17]

21st Century Democrats support

21st Century Democrats is a Political Action Committee that has stood for Progressive causes for over 20 years. Founded in 1986 by Institute for Policy Studies affiliate, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Democratic Socialists of America affiliates, former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower, and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Its three main goals are to help elect progressive candidates, train young people about grassroots organizing, and lastly, to continue to support our elected officials after Election Day "through our comprehensive progressive network".

Carol Moseley Braun, a former US Senator from Illinois, and long time Communist Party USA affiliate, serves on the organization's Advisory Board. Long time Board chair was Democratic Socialists of America member Jim Scheibel, a former Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The mission of 21st Century Democrats is to build a "farm team" of progressive populists who will be the future leaders of the Democratic Party.

In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.[18]

Gillibrand was one of 12 key progressives endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in the 2012 election cycle. 21st Century Democrats helped Gillibrand win her House seat against a four-term GOP incumbent in 2006. 21st Century Democrats endorsed her 2008 reelection bid for that seat, and then again in the 2010 U.S. Senate special election in New York. [19]

2012 CLW Senate victories

2012 CLW Senate Victories were;

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chris Murphy (D-CT) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).[20]

ARA endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Gillibrand in 2012.[21]

Working Families Party

Senator Gillibrand is very close to the Working Families Party.

Carried WFP line

Kirsten Gillibrand carried the Working Families Party line in both 2006 and 2008.[22]

2010 endorsement

The Working Families Party Executive Committee voted unanimously May 7, 2010 to recommend the endorsement of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and announced the party’s official endorsement of Carolyn Maloney for Congress (NY-14), noting both leaders’ commitment to fighting for working New Yorkers.

“Kirsten is a strong voice and a true champion for New York families,” said Dan Cantor, WFP Executive Director said. “Kirsten understands the real struggles that so many New Yorkers are going through, and whether it’s creating jobs, fighting for health care reform or the environment, she will always stand and fight for us – not the big corporate special interests.”

“I am honored to have the support of the Working Families Party,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I look forward to working closely with these progressive champions to fight for our communities, and New Yorkers across the state.” [23]

Pro-WFP press release

Sen. Gillibrand issued November 1, 2014 press release “We need a progressive majority in the NY State Senate”

Equal pay for equal work. A minimum wage that lifts millions of New Yorkers out of poverty. Real campaign finance reform so more women can run against the old boys’ network.
All the things we care about most are at stake in New York this year — and control of the New York State Senate will determine whether we see decisive wins on these issues, or stagnation and perhaps even lost ground.
I’m writing to urge you to support the Working Families Party’s efforts to win a Democratic majority in the New York State Senate, so we can pass a full progressive agenda for New York. Will you help us make that possible?[24]

South Korea, China, Japan trip

Four members of Congress traveled to South Korea, Japan and China, September 2013, during a summer recess, congressional sources said Wednesday.

They are Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY), and Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Dan Benishek, a Republican from Michigan.

"All of them are symbolic figures in the 113th Congress in terms of representing minority groups," a source said. "Also, they have a good understanding on Korea."

Gillibrand is said to have potential to become a political star like Hillary Clinton, one of her close associates.

Hirono, a Buddhist born in Japan, is the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Meng, a Chinese-American, is the first Asian-American from New York to be elected to Congress.

Sewell is the first black woman elected to Congress from Alabama.

Another source said some of them may meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, during their visit.[25]

Before continuing to Asia, the delegation will stop today in Alaska to host a roundtable on military sexual assaults with Senator Mark Begich (D-AK). The roundtable will feature military officials and survivors of sexual assaults. [26]

CLUW support

Delegates to the 17th Coalition of Labor Union Women Biennial Convention, November 15th, 2013 in Reno, Nevada, endorsed the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, which would create a national paid family and medical leave insurance program to ensure people have much-needed income when family and medical needs arise.[27]

Make Progress National Summit 2014

Generation Progress' Make Progress National Summit 2014 included speakers such as Senator Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Filmmaker Andrew Rossi, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sec. of Labor Thomas Perez Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, Sen. Chris Murphy, Executive Director of Generation Progress Anne Johnson, President of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden, Policy Director at Generation Progress Sarah Audelo, Rep. Patrick J. Murphy, Former NFL player Donte Stallworth, Representative of House District 74 (TX) Mary Gonzalez, Mayor of Ithaca, NY Svante Myrick, Economic Policy Analyst Sarah Ayres, Educational Advocate Natalia Abrams, Executive Director of National Guestworker Alliance Saket Soni, Executive Director of the Energy Action Coalition Maura Cowley, Young Elected Officials Policy & Programs Director Dawn Huckelbridge, Filmmaker Tara Kutz, Student activist Ronnie Mosley, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren, Iraq War Veteran Tony Woods, Newtown High School graduate Sarah Clements.[28]

Gillibrand talked about her efforts to combat campus sexual assault in the military and why it’s such a pressing issue. She cited a survey conducted by Senator McCaskill (D-MO), which discovered that 40 percent of colleges haven’t investigated a sexual assault in the last five years, and that around 30 percent of police and law enforcement on campuses aren’t trained for reports of sexual assault. “That’s staggering,” Gillibrand said. “We are really failing our students. This isn’t just a date gone bad or a guy drinking too much. These are predators.” [29]

Metropolitan College gala

Metropolitan College of New York celebrated its founding with a 50th Anniversary Gala, Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Themed, “Amplify the Dream”; the Gala highlighted the school’s dynamic history. The Gala’s honorary chair was Mayor David Dinkins, New York City’s first Black mayor.

“I am honored to serve as honorary chair of MCNY’s Anniversary Gala,” said Mayor Dinkins. “For half a century, MCNY has not only produced professional citizens in New York City, but those who are also socially-responsible and share a commitment to give back and make our society a better place for all New Yorkers.”

The distinguished members of the honorary committee include: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Carmen de Lavallade and the late Geoffrey Holder; Fernando Ferrer, Vice Chairman, MTA and former Bronx President; Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service; Senator Charles E. Schumer and Reverend Al Sharpton. The Gala honorees include: Helen LaKelly Hunt (Changemaker), Dr. Edison O. Jackson (Trailblazer) and R. Rick Baker (Champion). Robert Sargent Shriver was honored posthumously.[30]

Iran deal/Iranian money

In August 2015, Senator Ed Markey announced his support for the Iran deal that would let the Iran inspect its own Parchin nuclear weapons research site, conduct uranium enrichment, build advanced centrifuges, buy ballistic missiles, fund terrorism and have a near zero breakout time to a nuclear bomb.

Markey had topped the list of candidates supported by the Iran Lobby. And the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) had maxed out its contributions to his campaign.

Al Franken, another IAPAC backed politician who also benefited from Iran Lobby money, came out for Iran deal as well.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Iran Lobby’s third Democratic senator, also came out for the deal even though she only got half the IAPAC cash that Franken and Markey received.

As did Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who had benefited from IAPAC money back when she first ran for senator.

Gillibrand had also picked up money from the Iran Lobby’s Hassan Nemazee. Namazee was Hillary Clinton’s national campaign finance director who had raised a fortune for both her and John Kerry before pleading guilty to a fraud scheme encompassing hundreds of millions of dollars. Nemazee had been an Iranian American Political Action Committee trustee and had helped set up the organization.

Bill Clinton had nominated Hassan Nemazee as the US ambassador to Argentina when he had only been a citizen for two years. A "spoilsport Senate" didn’t allow Clinton to make a member of the Iran Lobby into a US ambassador, but Nemazee remained a steady presence on the Democrat fundraising circuit.

Nemazee had donated to Gillibrand and had also kicked in money to help the Al Franken Recount Fund "scour all the cemeteries for freshly dead votes", as well as to Barbara Boxer, who also came out for the Iran nuke deal. Boxer had also received money more directly from IAPAC. [31]

Unity March for Puerto Rico

In a tremendous show of unity, under a sea of Puerto Rican flags being waved high, thousands of Puerto Ricans and their supporters joined in the Unity March for Puerto Rico in the nation’s capital November 19 2017, to demand justice for Puerto Rico. Demonstrators from across the northeast, Ohio, and as far as Chicago raised their voices in unison to demand the U.S. fully fund the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in her remarks to the demonstrators, called for a new Marshall Plan to get Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands back on their feet. She charged that President Trump would rather give trillions of dollars to big corporations than to the people of Puerto Rico. “We aren’t going to turn our backs on fellow citizens—whether they live in Florida, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico.”[32]

Single Payer Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled Wednesday September 13, 2017 a new version of his plan to give everybody government-run health insurance, potentially opening a new chapter in the ongoing debate over how to make health care in the U.S. more affordable and available.

The plan calls for an overhaul of American health insurance with a souped-up, more generous version of Medicare replacing nearly all private health insurance ― and government exerting far more control over the cost of medical care. It would arguably be the most ambitious social welfare initiative in U.S. history, but Sanders told HuffPost in an interview Tuesday that he believes America is ready for it.

“The American people are catching on to where the Republicans are coming from, they see the limitations of the Affordable Care Act and they’re looking at the alternatives,” Sanders said. “And this is a rational alternative.”

That roster of co-sponsors includes a who’s-who list of potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, including Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Also backing the bill are Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Al Franken of Minnesota, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall of New Mexico, Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.[33]

Committees

  • Environment and Public Works Committee
  • Foreign Relations Committee
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
  • Special Committee on Aging[1]

Abortion

Planned Parenthood

Gillibrand received $8000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.

EMILY's List

Gillibrand has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 About Gillibrand
  2. 21st Century Democrats bio, accessed Jan. 15, 2012
  3. official Senate bio, accessed July 2015
  4. Roll Call, Six Degrees of Terri Sewell By Abby Livingston Posted at 5 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2014
  5. Gazette, Gillibrand Tours Flushing With Meng And Liu By Jason D. Antos, 2010-03-24 / Front Page
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