Kirsten Gillibrand



Currently working as a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Kirsten Gillibrand is an American politician from New York, running as the Democratic candidate for the for Congress for the 20th congressional district.

A native of Albany, Gillibrand lives with her husband, Jonathan, and their two-year-old son, Theodore, in Hudson, New York. A magna cum laude graduate from Dartmouth College, Gillibrand went on to receive her law degree at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School, and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

She is Chair of the Women's Leadership Forum Network, and on the Boards of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, and the Commission on Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Brennan Center for Justice. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Gillibrand wants the administration to issue an immediate declaration that the US will not maintain permanent bases in Iraq and will have no claim on Iraqi oil; put the Iraqis on notice that they must decide their own destiny and give them a defined notice period for the Iraqi political groups to choose between compromise and conflict and put a working government in place; provide full US political and military support during this notice period and implement a comprehensive political strategy to give each sectarian group a stake in a peaceful and stable Iraq, and commit to redeployment of US forces out of Iraq starting at the end of this notice period.

Recently, Gillibrand has expressed her support of a timetable for withdrawl of American forces from Iraq.

Gillibrand wants to update the Alternate Minimum Tax and the tax code to keep pace with inflation so that it will go back to only affecting wealthy families, staying true to the spirit of the original tax.

According to her campaign website, Gillibrand supports extending tax credits for the use of clean and energy efficient fuels. Besides this, Gillibrand is also a supporter of raising CAFE standards for motor vehicles for greater fuel efficiency.

Gillibrand supports expanding the safety net for apple and dairy farmers, fighting for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), in order to restore damaged trees, as well as expanding the Farm to Fork program, enabling Upstate farmers to find downstate markets to sell their produce.

Gillibrand has received the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club. Unlike her opponent, Gillibrand supports the removal of PCBs from the Hudson River.

Gillibrand is pro-choice on reproductive freedoms, and has the endorsement of Emily's List. She also is a supporter of embryonic stem cell research.

Gillibrand has stated numerous times that she is pro-Second Amendment and supports hunters rights, stating she comes from a hunting family.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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