Kirsten Gillibrand, 52, is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from New York who declared her candidacy on March 17. Two days later she visited Dubuque and delivered a speech that focused on the difference between "healthy capitalism," corporate greed and socialism.
Gillibrand has focused her campaign on economic and social issues, including addressing sexual assault in the military and college campuses, raising the minimum wage, making quality child care more affordable, creating universal pre-K, and ensuring equal pay for equal work. She also favors Medicare for all, and universal paid family leave.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Gillibrand worked as an attorney, law clerk, campaign staffer, and Special Counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. She also represented New York's 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House from 2007 to 2009.