10 Things You Didn't Know About Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand filled the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.

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1. Kirsten Gillibrand was born Dec. 9, 1966, in Albany, N.Y.

2. She is known to her friends as Tina.

3. Her father is Douglas Rutnik, a well-known Albany lobbyist whose clients include the owner of the New York Knicks basketball team and cigarette maker Altria.

4. Gillibrand attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, a private girl's school that counts among its alumnae Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

5. Gillibrand majored in Asian studies at Dartmouth College and learned to speak and write Chinese before spending a semester in China.

6. After graduating magna cum laude in 1988, she enrolled in law school at the University of California-Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA in 1991.

7. After law school, Gillibrand clerked for federal Court of Appeals Judge Roger Miner, a conservative whose name was often floated as a possible Republican nominee to the Supreme Court.

8. She met her husband, Jonathan, while working at a law firm in New York City. Jonathan, a British citizen who is now a consultant, was in a master's program at Columbia University at the time.

9. Gillibrand and her husband have two young children, Theodore, 5, and Henry, 9 months.

10. She will not be able to relax in her Senate seat: Gillibrand must run in a special election next year for the remaining two years of former Sen. Hillary Clinton's term and then again in 2012 if she wants her own full, six-year term.


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