Some people spend all their lives working towards an electoral position, as though it’s an item on their bucket list. For most of these people, a position of service is nothing more than a place to satiate the thirsts of their egos. But then, there are those who find themselves in such a position because they were called to serve and devoted to facilitating changes that would make the world a better place. There are no reasons to doubt that Kirsten belongs to the latter category.
Gillibrand schooled at Dartmouth College where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. Thereafter, she proceeded to the University of California, Los Angeles, and bagged her Doctor of Law (J.D). With that, she began her private practice via which she realized that she derived greater satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment from serving the public. Ultimately, this birthed her career as a politician.
Her Career Began as an Associate of Davis Polk & Wardwell
From the foregoing, it is clear that Kirsten Gillibrand is an American attorney and politician. She is a serving U.S Senator from New York and has been doing so since her appointment in January 2009. This is undeniably a huge feat, especially when one pays mind to the fact that her career journey began in private practice as an associate of a law firm.
It was in 1988 that she graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College. 1991 came and she received her law degree from the UCLA School of Law. Kirsten wasted no time in kicking off her career after that. She began working for the international law firm headquartered in New York, Davis Polk & Wardwell.
But, her career in law was always intertwined with her need to serve as a public official. So barley a year after she joined the Manhattan-based law firm, she saw the need to take a break from private practice and serve as a clerk at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Records have it that she served under Judge Roger Miner in Albany. And it has been suggested that she landed the coveted position because of her father’s connection. The man was an associate of the former politician and U.S. Senator, Al D’Amato.
Kirsten Gillibrand’s Quest to Serve the Public Made Her Take Pro bono Cases While in Private Practice
During her time at Davis Polk, Kirsten worked many pro bono cases, defending abused women and children. Kirsten’s time at Davis Polk is considered a controversial point in her career as she defended the tobacco company, Philip Morris. Nevertheless, she has maintained that it was how she was able to take on so many pro bono cases.
Kirsten Gillibrand’s passion to serve the public and make meaningful change did not stop at taking pro bono cases. She followed the steps of her grandmother and became involved in a Democratic Party program, the Women’s Leadership Forum.
It was a group that led her to work on Hillary Clinton’s 2000 U.S Senate campaign in 1999. Both women became friends and it had Clinton play the role of a mentor to Kirsten. In 2006, she took her passion for public service to the ballot box and it marked the beginning of her career as a politician.
She Became a Member of the U.S. House of Representative in January 2007
Gillibrand ran for the New York 20th congressional district in 2006, running under the Democratic party against John E. Sweeney who at the time, was a three-term Republican incumbent.
Despite what was considered a traditionally Republican district and a tough race, Kirsten got support from other Democratic Party officeholders and stalwarts, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. She ended up winning the election with 53% of the votes.
During her time in the House of Representatives, she was on the Agriculture and Armed Services committee. One of the significant happenings that distinguished her time in the House was ‘The Sunlight Report’, her office publication of her official schedule and personal financial statement. She was the first member of Congress to do so and it was described as a ‘quiet touch of revolution’ by the New York Times in December 2006.
She had a quick climb through the political ladder as her stay in the U.S. House of Representatives came to an end in January 2009, the same year she became a senator.
The Politician Has Been a U.S. Senator Since 2009
Following the appointment of Clinton by President-elect Barack Obama as Secretary of State in 2008, there was a need to replace her seat on the United States Senate. Kirsten was chosen by the New York Governor David Paterson to fill the seat, to mixed feelings among New York Democrats and media. She was sworn in on January 26, 2009, and became the youngest senator in the 111th Congress.
In the Senate, Kirsten made a shift from the moderate conservative that she was known for during her time in the house of representatives to a liberal, progressive position. She was a prominent figure in repealing the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy of the US Military regarding LBGT servicemen. She has introduced a few bills onto the US Senate and served on a few committees.
The U.S. senator is a published author, she released her memoir titled Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World in 2014. She is considered one of the Democratic party’s most viable candidates to run for President in 2020.
Kirsten Gillibrand Has Been Married to a Venture Capitalist Since 2001
Unlike Kirsten, her husband Jonathan Gillibrand is not a public figure and in addition to that, he leads a private life. Nonetheless, his wive’s popularity has dragged him into the limelight and we can tell he is a venture capitalist.
A British venture capitalist, Jonathan Gillibrand is from the United Kingdom. It is said that he came to the United States to study for his MBA at Columbia. He planned to study for a year and return to his country. This failed to happen as fate had other plans for him, he met his life partner.
The Couple Met on a Blind Date in New York City in 1999
According to the politician, they met while she was working with Davis Polk and Jonathan getting his MBA at Columbia. It happened that they were set up for a blind date and wasted no time in becoming lovers thereafter.
What Jonathan saw in Kirsten that made him abandon his plan to return to the UK is best known to him but it is known that Kirsten was charmed by his kind nature and niceness.
Things happened quickly for the two as roughly two years after they met, they were ready to become life partners; the politician got married to the venture capitalist in 2001.
Their union has been blessed with two sons: the first, named Theodore Gillibrand was born in 2003 and his brother, Henry Gillibrand, joined the family sometime in 2008. The family lives in Washington D.C due to Kirsten’s job as a Senator but have a house in Brunswick, New York