Kirsten Gillibrand ’88 enters presidential race

by Wally Joe Cook | 1/16/19 4:00am

Kirsten Gillibrand ’88 entered the 2020 presidential race on Jan. 15.

In a segment on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Gillibrand, 52, stated her support for affordable health care and better public schools. She also promised to confront institutional racism and “corruption and greed in Washington.”

“I have the passion, the courage and the fearless determination to get that done,” Gillibrand said.

At the College, Gillibrand majored in Asian studies and wrote a senior thesis on religion in Tibet, which led to a meeting with the Dalai Lama. She was also the captain of the varsity squash team and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Gillibrand later received her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

In 2006, the New York Democrat first entered Congress when she won the House of Representatives seat for New York’s 20th Congressional District. In 2010, Gillibrand won a special election to replace Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat after she resigned to serve as Secretary of State for the Obama administration. Since 2010, Gillibrand has won two Senate elections, including the recent 2018 midterms.

“I’m going to run for president of the United States because, as a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own,” Gillibrand said.