Democratic Presidential Candidate
Born and raised in upstate New York, Kirsten Gillibrand inherited a dedication to public service from her grandmother and mother, who organized women and served their communities as Democratic activists. After serving in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., Gillibrand decided to move home to upstate New York to raise her family—and to eventually make a long-shot bid to represent her home district in Congress. With her 2-year-old son Theo in tow, Gillibrand ran for Congress in 2006 as an underdog for a seat held by a long-term Republican incumbent in a district with a 2-1 Republican majority. Gillibrand won her election with calls for congressional ethics reform, an end to the war in Iraq, and Medicare for All. Gillibrand is running for president to fight for America’s families as hard as she fights for her own. She’s running on a vision for an America in which quality and affordable health care is a right, public education is strong regardless of the block you grow up on, hard work is rewarded, and greed and money are eliminated from politics.