Campaign Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 77541
Washington, DC 20013
Washington, D.C. Office
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4451
Fax: (202) 228-0282
Kirsten Gillibrand was born in Albany, New York in 1966; she is the daughter of two attorneys but her father also worked as a lobbyist. Gillibrand attended Dartmouth College where she majored in Asian Studies and used her major to spur her studying abroad; she was also a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After Dartmouth, Gillibrand continued her education at UCLA Law School to receive her J.D. Before getting involved in politics, Gillibrand worked at a private practice that allowed her to help women who had been abused and were in unsafe conditions. With Hilary Clinton as her inspiration and advisor, Gillibrand decided to run for the House of Representatives and served from 2006-2009. In 2009, Gillibrand became the Senator for New York, filling the vacant spot left after Clinton’s resignation, and still holds this position.
IssuesGillibrand strongly advocates for women’s rights and equality of opportunity.
On the Issues
- Climate Change
Gillibrand stresses the effects of climate change and aims to implement renewable and sustainable technologies.
Gillibrand aims to expand Medicare. She also helped pass the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Gillibrand is strongly pro-choice aims to protect a women’s right to abortion and states that it is their personal choice “when she’s having children, how many children she’s having and under what circumstances she’s having them.”
- Social Security
Gillibrand rejects privatization of social security and believes that the retirement age should not be raised. She also has stated the undocumented immigrants should have a right to social security.
Gillibrand supports creating tax deductibles on college tuition in order for it to become more accessible to lower income families. She co-sponsored the “Debt-Free College Act of 2018” which creates federal matching funds without creating debt.
- Gun Control
Gillibrand previously was a strong supporter of gun right but currently, although she still supports the second amendment, Gillibrand advocates for universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons.
Although Gillibrand now supports the Dream Act and aims to abolish ICE, she has not always felt this way. In the early 2000s, Gillibrand advocated for increased border security and the expansion of detention capabilities.
Gillibrand has supported giving tax benefits to companies that provide on-site child care and forming legislation that gives tax credits to help support small businesses.
- Criminal Justice
Gillibrand wants to increase services available for offenders re-entering society and feels that although the First Step Act made positive changes more must be done to reform the criminal justice system.
- LGBTQ Rights
Gillibrand wants to remove the transgender military ban and pass the Equality Act. She also wants to have a third gender recognized in identification documents and allow the transgender community to use the facilities they identify with.
- Foreign Policy
Gillibrand advocates using diplomacy over force when dealing with other nations. She has supported the United States’ relationship with Israel and aims to remove troops from Afghanistan.
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