U.S. House of Representatives (D-20th/NY)
Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn into office on January 4th, 2007 and is serving her first term as U.S. Representative to New York’s 20th Congressional District, which stretches across the upstate counties of Saratoga, Dutchess, Columbia, Rensselaer, Washington, Warren, Delaware, Greene, Essex and Otsego. She serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees.
Gillibrand has established herself as an independent leader in Congress. She was the lead sponsor of legislation that would implement the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Recommendations and has introduced legislation that would require the federal government to balance their budget every year. She has taken unprecedented steps to make her office accountable and transparent to her constituents. Gillibrand was the first Member of Congress to publish her public schedule online at the end of each day, and as a strong proponent of earmark reform, she voluntarily released every earmark that she requested that would invest in Upstate New York.
A proponent of civil liberties, Gillibrand voted in favor of requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in the US and establishing quarterly audits by the Department of Justice's Inspector General over the government’s surveillance programs. She has co-sponsored legislation to restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror.
First Elected: 2006
Committees: Armed Services; Agriculture
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: no prior elected office
Education: AB Dartmouth College, 1988; JD University of California - Los Angeles, 1991