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Kirsten Gillibrand abandoned her campaign for the Presidency on August 28, 2019. She announced the decision on Twitter.  


 

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Biography

Kirsten Gillibrand has been the Democratic junior Senator from New York since 2009, serving on the Armed Services and Agriculture committees. She is the chair of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. Prior to her election, she served as a Representative for New York’s 20th district. Gillibrand worked as a lawyer at several Albany-based law firms before serving as Special Counsel to the then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo. Later, Gillibrand worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign. Gillibrand announced her 2020 bid on YouTube in March 2019. 

 


On the Issues

AAI tracks statements, non-statements, and the track records of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most. Click on an issue to read what Kirsten Gillibrand has said on the campaign trail. 

For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are most important to our community, read here.

DOMESTIC POLICY

Democracy Reforms

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Bigoted Speech

Hate Crime

NO BAN Act

Immigration

Surveillance

Criminal Justice Reform

FOREIGN POLICY

Iran Tensions

Israel Palestine

U.S. Presence in the Arab World

Ongoing Conflicts


DOMESTIC POLICY


Democracy Reforms  

  • Platform Release: "My Clean Elections Plan to Get Money Out of Politics" (4/30/19)
  • "We need to crack open our government, flip the switch, and let the light flood in. That’s exactly what I did when I came to Washington and challenged Congress by making my meetings, finances and taxes public. I wanted my constituents to know that I was working for them, not the powerful. I will keep leading on transparency within my own office and campaigns. That’s why I am not taking any corporate PAC money in this campaign, no federal lobbyist money and no individual Super PACs. As president, I will fight for publicly-funded elections. It would change the way Washington works overnight. Imagine your voice was just as loud as the Koch Brother’s. What a concept!"(3/25/19, Medium)
  • "Voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering, election tampering and foreign interference in our elections are direct threats to our democracy. Kirsten believes we need to restore the Voting Rights Act and then go even further: We should enact automatic voter registration for every 18-year-old citizen, expand access to online registration and early voting, make Election Day a federal holiday and end partisan gerrymandering and voter roll purging. We also need to protect against the real threat of foreign interference in our elections by requiring paper ballots, reinforcing elections security and holding accountable any country or entity that attempts to undermine our democracy." (Retrieved 3/18/19, Campaign Website)
  • Right now, too much of the decision-making in our government is going to the highest bidder. Wealthy special interests and their lobbyists have outsized influence over our laws because they can pour unlimited amounts of sometimes-secret money into passing their agenda and bankrolling their allies’ campaigns. We need to overturn Citizens United and get big, unaccountable and secret money out of our politics once and for all. And we need to create a public finance system to restore the principle of one person, one vote. (Retrieved 3/18/19, Campaign Website)
  • Kirsten has championed ethics reform since her first days in Congress. She wrote and secured the passage of the STOCK Act in 2012, which finally made it illegal for members of Congress, their families and their staff to profit from insider information gained through public service. At the time, The Washington Post called it “the most substantial debate on Congressional ethics in nearly five years.” She introduced the CLEAR Act, which ensures voters know when registered lobbyists spend money on a political campaign and how much. She also led the charge on passing legislation to combat and create accountability on sexual harassment in Congress, including ending the practice of using taxpayer dollars for sexual harassment settlements. (Retrieved 3/18/19, Campaign Website)

 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

  • "...As president I would direct my Department of Justice to consider gender identity and sexual orientation a protected class to prevent discrimination in any area of public life. I would prioritize the enforcement of that policy by hiring Department of Justice attorneys to focus specifically and exclusively on eradicating anti-LGBTQ discrimination." (5/31/2019, Medium)
  • I would move to federally recognize a third gender in identification documents, and create an “X” designation on ID cards for Americans who don’t feel comfortable with a “male” or “female” designation. Earlier this year, I became the first presidential candidate to join transgender and queer advocates in supporting this proposal." (5/31/2019, Medium)
  • "As president, I will do more than defend LGBTQ rights — I will stand shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQ community in the fight for equality. We’re in this together, because LGBTQ rights are human rights. And we will fight for them."(5/31/2019, Medium)
  • "Kirsten has long stood side by side with the LGBTQ community: She was an early supporter for marriage equality and repealing DOMA, took an instrumental role in ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, ensured HIV and AIDS patients’ access to health care and support, and she has led the fight for the rights of transgender people to serve in our military. She has consistently spoken out against the rising rate of hate crimes against LGBTQ people—especially trans women of color—and the bigotry that has emboldened it. She is also fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people to work, get housing, adopt and foster children, serve in the military and go to school without discrimination." (Retrieved 3/18/19, Campaign Website)

  Securitization and Surveillance 

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Hate Crime  

  • Senator Gillibrand is an original co-sponsor of the Khalid Jabara Heather Heyer NO HATE Act.
  • "Hate crimes have gone up exponentially, all across my state, all across the country, because of what President Trump has unleashed." (3/19/2019, MSNBC)
  • "Hate crimes are rising in America, and trans women of color are being killed at disproportionately high rates. Already in 2019, five black trans women — Dana Martin, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Muhlaysia Booker, and Michelle Washington — have been murdered. We need to address the crisis of hate crimes against LGBTQ people, including fatal violence against trans women of color. We’ll do it by not only condemning homophobia and transphobia that emboldens this violence, but also by directing DOJ resources to tracking and prosecuting hate crimes against LGBTQ people and people of color. As president, I would ensure that we fully fund the critical programs under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which provide training and assistance to state and local authorities to investigate and prosecute hate crimes when they occur." (5/31/2019, Medium)

Criminal Justice Reform 

  • "When low-income people and people of color face huge disparities in arrests, sentencing and incarceration compared to wealthy and white people for the same or lesser charges, it’s a clear and urgent sign that we need to rectify the injustices in our criminal justice system. We have a mass incarceration crisis, and institutional racism pervades the way we enforce laws. To rectify this, we should legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge past records; reform our sentencing laws so that judges can have more flexibility when dealing with low-level, nonviolent drug offenses; change federal rules for our prisons; end cash bail; and invest resources in communities harmed by the racist war on drugs." (Retrieved 3/18/19, Campaign Website)

Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use 

  • "I’ll push for proactive policies to ensure all Americans can live free from discrimination and bigotry based on their gender identity or sexual orientation." (5/31/2019, Medium)
  • "Brave doesn’t spread hate or bully the vulnerable. Brave doesn’t put greed and self-interest over millions of lives. Brave doesn’t cower behind lies and walls. Brave doesn’t pit people against one another. That’s what fear does. This President has tried to reduce America to its smallest self. By attacking the values and institutions of our democracy, and turning our most cherished principles inside-out. Rooting for bigotry and discrimination and violence, closing our doors to immigrants and refugees, taking from the many to line the pockets of a few.... We are here to embrace our shared humanity and rise above our differences. We don’t build walls that are emblems of racism and fear. We build bridges, communities and hope." (3/25/19, Medium)

Immigration 

  • "I would ensure that asylum claims of LGBTQ people fleeing persecution are recognized so that they may reach safety."(5/31/2019, Medium)
  • "We need to restore our leadership in the world with strength and compassion, not fear and hate. Immigration is one of America’s greatest strengths, not a weakness. We need to secure our borders effectively, but also make loud and clear that racism and fear of our neighbor are not a national security strategy. Building a taxpayer funded wall, ripping families apart, banning Muslims and turning our backs on refugees and asylum seekers are cruel and ineffective policies. Maintaining America’s global standing as a fair and welcoming land of opportunity will make us far safer than kicking people out based on what they look like or what they believe. We need to return to American leadership rooted in our moral values—putting people over politics, protecting the vulnerable and promoting peace and progress rather than unilateralism and self-interest." (Retrieved 3/18/19, Campaign Website) 

 

NO BAN Act 

  • Senator Gillibrand is a co-sponsor of the NO BAN Act.
  • "Maintaining America’s global standing as a fair and welcoming land of opportunity will make us far safer than kicking people out based on what they look like or what they believe." (Retrieved 3/18/19, Campaign Website

FOREIGN POLICY 


Israel/Palestine 

  • "I do, and I believe that Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East, but we also have to care about her neighbors and make sure that we address humanitarian crises throughout communities, including those where the Palestinians live right now. I think we have to do far more to relieve the suffering in places like the West Bank and Gaza. I think it’s important that we continue to provide humanitarian support. But I think what President Trump has done in the Middle East is very damaging. He’s done things prematurely, outside of a long-term negotiation for a two-state solution, and I think that’s created enormous problems and issues for long-term stability." (06/19/19, The New York Times) 

Iran Tensions 

  • "...Deeply concerned that your administration's stepped up military presence in the Middle East, in conjunction with your dangerous and confusing rhetoric, may lead the United States into a protracted, costly, and unnecessary war with Iran. Such a war is not authorized, would unnecessarily risk the lives of Americans and our allies, cause enormous human suffering, and destabilize the economy." (6/20/19, CBS)

 

U.S. Presence in the Arab World 

  • "We need to return to American leadership rooted in our moral values—putting people over politics, protecting the vulnerable and promoting peace and progress rather than unilateralism and self-interest." (Retrieved 3/18/19, Campaign Website) 

 

Ongoing Conflicts  

 

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