Kirsten Gillibrand is an attorney and has served as the junior senator from New York since 2009. Prior to this appointment, she represented New York’s 20th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 2006-2008.
Previous Work Around Poverty and Opportunity
- Voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (2008 bank bailout) twice.
- Has been a longtime supporter of paid family leave, first introducing a bill in the Senate in 2013.
- Supports offering banking services at post offices to increase access for low-income Americans.
On the Issues
Health Care/Insurance: Supported Sen. Bernie Sanders’ legislation to create a single-payer health care system and drafted a provision that allows Americans to buy into a not-for-profit public health insurance plan during the four-year transition period to a single-payer system. Introduced legislation to protect Americans from prescription drug price spikes called the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would penalize pharmaceutical companies that engage in price gouging without cause.
Criminal Justice: Supported the 2018 “First Step Act” but claims it does not go far enough in preventing one of “the most fundamentally unfair problems in our criminal justice system: the cash-bail system.”
Safety Net: Supports expanding Medicare and Medicaid, and maintaining CHIP, SNAP and WIC programs for low-income families.
“Kirsten Gillibrand is making paid family leave a defining issue in her 2020 run.” (Vox: 3/22/2019).
“Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says federal criminal justice reform bill doesn’t go far enough, demands end to cash bail for nonviolent offenders.” (New York Daily News: 12/16/2018).