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Kirsten Gillibrand

US Senator, New York

  • drops out of the 2020 presidential race 8/28
  • U.S. senator from New York, 2009-present
  • born December 9, 1966, in Albany, New York
  • graduated Dartmouth 1988, UCLA law school 1991
  • U.S. House 2007-2009

On impeachment:

Slogan: Brave Wins




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Health care

New York senator believes single-payer, government-run Medicare For All should be a not-for-profit public option to create competition with the insurance industries.*

She says she will back judges — and Supreme Court — who support Roe v. Wade.

Along with Warren, she would push Congress to repeal restrictions on when federal funds can pay for abortion and prevent states from passing laws that restrict access.

* “I think the quickest way to get there [Medicare-for-all], to get to single-payer, to get to health care as a right and not a privilege is to let people buy-in over a four- or five-year transition period. Allow Medicare to be that not-for-profit public option to create competition with the insurance industries… I would let anybody buy-in starting on day one. ”

Gillibrand in May 2019


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Senator once had an A+ rating from NRA, but since 2009 her position on guns has changed. *

She supports a mandatory federal buyback program for assault weapons and criminal prosecution for gun owners who do not sell those firearms to the government.

She has advocated for universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers as well as a ban on many semi-auto firearms and their magazines, saying, “Weapons of war don’t belong on our streets.”

Gillibrand’s plan would establish a national “red flag” gun seizure laws.

* “After I got appointed, I went down to Brooklyn to meet with families who had suffered from gun violence in their communities. And you immediately experience the feeling that I couldn’t have been more wrong. You know, I only had the lens of upstate New York.”

Gillibrand on CBS “60 Minutes” Feb. 11. 2018


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Climate change/environment

Senator supports the “Green New Deal” proposal to shift the US to renewable energy to fight climate change.

She intends to mobilize $10 trillion in public and private funds over the next decade to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

She seeks an excise tax on fossil fuel production, hoping to generate $100 billion a year.

Her campaign doesn’t accept contributions from oil, gas, or coal industries or their executives.

“The way I see a green economy is this: I think we need a moonshot. We need to tell the American people ‘we are going to have a green economy in the next 10 years, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard because it’s a measure of our innovation and effectiveness,’ ” she told Pod Save America podcast on Jan. 22, 2019.

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Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall

Senator supports a path to citizenship for DREAMers, tougher border security and abolishing ICE.

She said she would end the detention system for migrants waiting for their claims to be processed and would let them “go into the community” until their court dates.

Gillibrand in 2006 supported legislation to make deportations easier, called for “additional border-security funding to staff more personnel ‘to catch illegal immigrants, human traffickers and drug smugglers, and supported additional funding to hire more immigration judges and expand detention capabilities.”

Beginning in 2009, since becoming senator, she began to move left on immigration.

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Economy/minimum wage/income inequality

Senator supports a $15 minimum wage.

She says she wants to reverse the tax cuts and “make sure that wealthy Americans and companies pay their fair share in taxes.”

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Education/student debt/free tuition

Under her plan, Americans who commit to one year of public service would receive two years of college tuition-free. Those who commit to two years of service would get four years paid for.

Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris have signed onto legislation that would provide a federal match on state spending to cover all costs beyond what a student or a family can afford to pay. It would also cover college costs beyond tuition.

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Foreign policy

Gillibrand supports pulling US troops out of Afghanistan.

She said “endless wars” like the ones in Afghanistan and Iraq “undermine our national security and must end.”

Democrat would rejoin Iran nuclear deal.

She would also ask Congress to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which was passed after 9/11 to fight al-Qaeda, but has been used for the war in Afghanistan and Syria.*


On President Donald Trump meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un:

“I’m very grateful that President Trump is trying diplomacy as opposed to military action because that’s was what his first take was. So, I am grateful that he is making the effort to try diplomacy and to try to bring people together towards a peaceful resolution.”

Questions Remain After The Historic North Korean Summit

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In 2010, Gillibrand successfully campaigned to repeal the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that banned gay men and lesbian women from serving in the US military.

She also introduced, in 2013, the Military Justice Improvement Act, which “would remove sexual assault cases from the chain of command.”

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Gillibrand endorses legalizing marijuana at the federal level, expunging past records for marijuana convictions and reforming sentencing laws.

“The senator introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies without the fear of the federal government prosecuting patients, doctors, and caregivers,” according to a spokesperson.*

See also: Sen. Cory Booker


“Fundamentally, whether adults use marijuana is a matter of privacy, and we should treat marijuana as a major economic opportunity and revenue source,” Gillibrand writing in on June 5, 2019