Politiwatch: TDR 2020 Coverage - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

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Basic Information:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Age: 52

Announced March 17, 2019

Served the state of New York as a Senator from 2009 to present; formerly served as a member of U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.


  • May 7, 2019: In a Medium post, Gillibrand said she would only nominate federal judges “who will commit to upholding Roe v. Wade as settled law and protect women’s reproductive rights.”

  • May 6, 2019: Gillibrand appeared on the Politics and More Podcast published by The New Yorker outlining some of her positions for the 2020 election and as a senator.

  • May 3-4, 2019: Gillibrand made her sixth visit to New Hampshire and delivered the commencement address at New England College.

  • May 2, 2019: Fox News announced it would host a town hall with Gillibrand moderated by Chris Wallace and broadcast from Iowa on June 2.

  • May 1, 2019: Gillibrand proposed a “Clean Elections Plan”—a voucher system giving each voter up to $600 to contribute to candidates he or she supports. A candidate would only be eligible to receive these “democracy dollars” if he or she agreed not to receive contributions larger than $200 per donor. The current maximum is $2,800 per donor per primary and general election cycle.

(Source: Ballotpedia)

Presidential Standings:

Position on Disability Rights

Gillibrand is a true supporter towards people with disabilities. On May 5th, 2019, she stated a promising goal for her presidency- she WILL hire a certain person with a disability to serve in her cabinet if she is elected President. (Source: Gillibrand's Promise) After all, Gillibrand has understood the value of voting blocs and the influences they have especially focusing on her experiences related to People with Disabilities that live in New York.

Position on Women’s Rights

Gillibrand is an acclaimed feminist, she delivered a vast promise- once elected, she will hire and nominate multiple judges who strongly favor Roe v Wade (Abortion rights). Also, Gillibrand is against sexual assault within the armed forces upon women and their rights for reproductive health care as well.

(Source: Gillibrand)

Position on LGBT Rights

Along with Gillibrand’s position on Women’s Rights, she also stands very firmly on supporting same-sex marriage for all LGBTQ communities. Gillibrand also supported the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and supported multiple legislative measures such as the “Student Non-Discrimination Act” and the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” for these groups of people.

(Source: Gillibrand)