A 42-year-old attorney has been appointed to the Senate by New York Governor David Paterson. Kirsten Gillibrand will be taking over the seat that became vacant when Hillary Clinton resigned after being appointed Secretary of State in the Obama administration.
Ms. Gillibrand previously worked in a law firm in New York City and as the special counsel to former U.S. Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo. She also became a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and worked in the firm's Albany office.
Gillibrand is the first resident of upstate New York to be appointed to the Senate since Charles E. Goodell was appointed after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. She is the mother of two children; her second was born in May of 2008, making her the sixth woman to give birth while serving in Congress. Gilllibrand's husband, Jonathan, is a venture capitalist.