Who is Kirsten Gillibrand? 5 facts about the NY senator who is getting more progressive by the day


Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic senator from New York, has officially launched her bid for the 2020 presidency. This isn’t too surprising, as the senator’s exploratory committee made headlines a few months ago. The senator has a considerable career in politics, with experience in both the House and Senate.

Interestingly, she’s gone from being a moderate (if not conservative) Democrat to being pretty solidly on the left. Will voters hold her past views against her, or find her gradual progression relatable?

Either way, at this point, she isn’t being coy about wanting to topple Trump. For example, as she announced her candidacy, she noted that she’ll hold a rally outside of the Trump International Hotel and Trump Tower in New York City on March 24.

Let’s look at five points about the senator you might not already know. Her campaign announcement is embedded at the bottom of this post, too.

1. She references Trump pretty directly in her campaign video

In her video (embedded below) announcing her candidacy, the senator says:

“We need to remember what it feels like to be brave. We launched ourselves into space and landed on the moon. If we can do that, we can definitely achieve universal health care, we can provide paid family leave for all, end gun violence, pass a Green New Deal, get money out of politics, and take back our democracy.”

Yeah, she’s not holding back.

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