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Kirsten Gillibrand's Biography

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Kirsten Gillibrand was born on 9 December 1966 in Albany, New York.

Kirsten Gillibrand studied at the Emma Willard School in Troy; Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies and studied Chinese; and University of California - Los Angeles, where she studied law.

In January 2009, New York Governor David Paterson appointed Kirsten Gillibrand to the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. Gillibrand was re-elected in elections in 2010 and in 2012.

Kirsten Gillibrand was first elected in 2006 to represent, as a Democrat, the New York 20th congressional district.

Before her election in 2006, Kirsten Gillibrand had been a lawyer. Her roles included being a Housing and Urban Development official in the Clinton administration; an associate with the Davis Polk and Wardwell law firm; as well as a partner with the Boies, Schiller and Flexner law firm.

Kirsten Gillibrand's husband, Jonathan Gillibrand is a financial consultant. Her father is the Albany lobbyist and lawyer Douglas Rutnik.

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