Kirsten Gillibrand 2020 presidential campaign

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Gillibrand 2020
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Campaign2020 United States presidential election (Democratic Party primaries)
CandidateKirsten Gillibrand
junior Senator from New York (2009–)
Member of House from New York (2007–2009)
StatusExploratory Committee Announcement: January 15, 2019
HeadquartersTroy, New York[1]
Key peopleJess Fassler (campaign manager)[2]
Evan Lukaske (national press secretary)[3]
Alexandria Phillips (traveling press secretary)[3]
Meredith Kelly (communications director)[3]
Stefanie Conahan (finance director)[3]
Erica Borador (deputy finance director)[3]
Gregory Smiley (national deputy political director)[3]
Alexandra Sanchez (research director)[3]

Kirsten Gillibrand has announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider running for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election. She made the announcement on January 15, 2019, in an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,[4] the same day that paperwork establishing the Gillibrand 2020 Exploratory Committee was filed with the Federal Election Commission.[5]

Historical significance and endorsements[edit]


Political positions[edit]

Her position on guns took a sharp turn after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It is reported that her NRA grading changed from A to F.[7][8] Along with Warren and others, she has tried to close the Charleston loophole[9] since October 2015.[10] She says mass shootings is an emergency, rather than the Southern Border.[11][12] She fights against the NRA directly.[13][14]

Similar to Booker,[15] she signed a bill for Marijuana Justice Act, which if passed would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.[16]

She has drawn criticism from Rubio and Trump for tweeting 'Our future is female, intersectional, Powered by our belief in one another, And we’re just getting started'.[17] Even though she is running against president Trump, she said the following regarding the Singapore Summit,

I’m very grateful that ... Trump is trying diplomacy as oppose to military action because that’s was what his first take was. So, I am grateful that he is making the effort to try diplomacy and to try to bring people together towards a peaceful resolution[14]




2019 Location
January Sioux City[24] · Des Moines[25][26] ·
February North Charleston[27] · Columbia[28] · Somersworth[29] · Concord[30][31][32][33] · Exeter[34][35] · Dover[36] · Dartmouth College[37] ·

Keene[38] ·


  1. ^ Johnson, Jenna (January 15, 2019). "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tells Stephen Colbert she will run for president". Washington Post. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Merica, Dan (January 15, 2019). "Kirsten Gillibrand to enter 2020 presidential race". CNN. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Rogin, Ali (January 22, 2019). "As 2020 candidates staff up with diverse hires, Gillibrand campaign announces new, diverse staff hires". ABC News.
  4. ^ "Kirsten Gillibrand formally enters 2020 race with announcement on Colbert's "Late Show"". Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Form 1 for Gillibrand 2020 Exploratory Committee". Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  6. ^ "Kirsten Gillibrand's First Iowa Endorsement Is Inspired By Her Call For Al Franken's Resignation". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Glueck, Katie. "Report: Gillibrand shifts on guns". POLITICO.
  8. ^ Millward, David (February 13, 2019). "Democrats 2020: Kirsten Gillibrand, the #MeToo senator with eyes on the White House" – via
  9. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (February 15, 2019). "People are dying every day in our country because of gun violence—many by people who should've never had access to a gun in the first place. Closing the Charleston loophole would fix that. There's simply no good reason for Congress not to get this done". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Levine, Sam (October 28, 2015). "Senate Democrats Unveil Measure To Close Gun Background Check Loophole". Retrieved February 16, 2019 – via Huff Post.
  11. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (2019-02-15). "Mass shootings are a national emergency. We can't accept so many lives being taken from us by gun violence, or the gun lobby greed that trades lives for profits. I'm praying for the Aurora, Illinois community and the victims' loved ones. We have to stop this crisis". Twitter. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  12. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (2019-02-15). "Let's be clear on this: The only emergency at our border is the humanitarian one Trump created himself, by demonizing and ripping apart families. This manufactured crisis is racist, wasteful, and an outrageous abuse of power from someone too reckless and hateful to hold it". Twitter. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  13. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (2019-02-14). "For gun violence prevention, we have to take on the NRA. To end the opioid crisis, drugmakers. For equal access to vote, politicians and donors who benefit when you stay home. To turn up the volume on your voice, we have take on the people who profit from the status quo". Twitter. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i Feller, Madison (2019-02-01). "Kirsten Gillibrand Is Running for President in 2020. Here's Where She Stands on 8 Important Issues". Elle. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  15. ^ "This Longshot Bill Would Encourage States to Legalize Marijuana". Time.
  16. ^ Jaeger, Kyle (January 16, 2019). "Where Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand Stands On Marijuana". Marijuana Moment.
  17. ^ Mikelionis, Lukas. "New York Democrat Gillibrand mocked for saying future is 'female' and 'intersectional'". Fox News. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Wellford, Rachel; Desjardins, Lisa (January 18, 2019). "What does Kirsten Gillibrand believe? Where the candidate stands on 11 issues". PBS. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  19. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (February 16, 2019). "Calls to remember 9/11 aren't just slogans. I'm introducing a bipartisan bill to make the Victim Compensation Fund permanent and whole. As death and cancers spike, we can't abandon our heroes". Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  20. ^ Erickson, Bo. "2020 contender Kirsten Gillibrand backs third gender classification at federal level". CBS News. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  21. ^
  22. ^ Erickson, Bo (February 15, 2019). "WATCH: "When President Trump demonizes transgender children it breaks my heart," @SenGillibrand is emotional talking at LGBTQ event in NH. Says this is one of the reasons she is running for President". Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  23. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (February 17, 2019). "Not a controversial idea: If the C-suite executive gets paid family leave, then the factory floor worker should also get paid family leave". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  24. ^ Lutz, Eric (January 19, 2019). "Kirsten Gillibrand urges Iowans to 'take back this democracy' in 2020". Retrieved February 18, 2019 – via
  25. ^ Lerer, Lisa; Goldmacher, Shane. "'This Is My Space': Kirsten Gillibrand's Unabashedly Feminist Campaign". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  26. ^ "Voters in Iowa, curious about presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, take advantage of her whirlwind weekend trip". ABC News. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  27. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten. "I'm running to repair the moral fabric of our country that Trump has torn apart. And I'm building my campaign by talking and listening to people, because that's how we bring your voices into our government. Last weekend South Carolina". Twitter. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  28. ^ "Gillibrand tells SC Democrats she can turn red places blue ahead of 2020 primary". thestate. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  29. ^ Dandurant, Karen. "Gillibrand calls for the end of divisiveness". Forbes. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  30. ^ Gillibrand targets Trump over national emergency declaration. Concord Monitor.
  31. ^ Steinhauser, Paul (February 15, 2019). "Gillibrand on call to tear down border wall: 'If it makes sense, I could support it'". Fox News. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  32. ^ Schor, Elana. "Dem Presidential Candidates Introducing Themselves to Voters". NBC San Diego. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  33. ^ Wood, Josh (February 17, 2019). "'If she was pro-life I'd vote for her': Kirsten Gillibrand hits New Hampshire". Retrieved February 18, 2019 – via
  34. ^ "@SenGillibrand getting help from her son on the campaign trail this morning as she tours businesses in #Exeter #NHPolitics". Twitter. WMUR-TV. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  35. ^ Fox, Jeremy. "Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand tours businesses in Exeter, N.H." Boston Globe. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  36. ^ Watters, David. "Welcoming @SenGillibrand to Dover. Such an impressive array of strong policy ideas and accomplishments". Twitter. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  37. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten. "Nobody has more of a stake in this election than the young people who will inherit the country we build now. Thanks to the Dartmouth students". Twitter. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  38. ^ "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Keene, NH: "We don't pass gun reform in this country because of the NRA. But it's not about the Second Amendment or hunter's rights. Let me be really clear: It's about the gun manufacturers that fund the NRA that want to sell more weapons". The Hill. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2019.

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