Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announces 2020 Presidential Run

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announces 2020 Presidential Run
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announces 2020 Presidential Run
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During an appearance with CBS’ Stephen Colbert, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her intentions to run for president. Gillibrand is the second US Senator to announce their intention of running for the Democratic nomination for president. Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her campaign for president over the weekend.

Gillibrand replaced Hillary Clinton in the US Senate, after Clinton was appointed Secretary of State. Gillibrand was appointed in 2010 to carry out Clinton’s remaining two years in congress. Gillibrand has been reelected twice to represent New York’s 20th congressional district since then, once in 2012 and just recently in 2018.

Gillibrand grew up in New York, eventually becoming a successful attorney. She became involved with the Democratic National Committee in the 1990s, and says she was inspired to pursue politics further after listening to a speech from Hillary Clinton. In 1999, Gillibrand worked for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign. After Clinton’s campaign, Gillibrand continued working as an attorney until she ran for US House of Representatives in 2006.

Gillibrand was interested in pursuing a run for the US House of Representatives in 2004, however, Hillary Clinton advised her to wait until 2006. The district had been traditionally Republican, and Clinton felt it would be best to wait another two years before pursuing the office. The advice seemed to pay off, as Gillibrand won her 2006 election against her Republican rival.

In 2008, Gillibrand won reelection in the House of Representatives when she defeated former New York Secretary of State Sandy Treadwell. In December of 2008, Hillary Clinton was announced as President-elect Barack Obama’s choice as Secretary of State. Clinton’s resignation from the US Senate to become Secretary of State allowed the governor of New York to appoint her replacement. David Paterson, the Governor of New York at the time, appointed Gillibrand as Clinton’s replacement.

Senator Gillibrand and Hillary Clinton may not maintain the same warm relationship they once had. In 2017, Gillibrand expressed her belief that Bill Clinton should have resigned as president in response to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. When asked about Gillibrand’s comments, Hillary Clinton rejected her views.

Since the election of President Trump, Gillibrand has become a vocal critic of his administration. She was also the first member of congress to advocate abolishing US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, commonly referred to as ICE. She joins Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro as the most high profile Democratic candidates to have officially declared their intentions to run for president.

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