Thursday, July 14, 2011

Spotlight: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand interviews with Marie Claire

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is featured in the latest issue of Marie Claire Magazine. In a Q & A format, the junior senator from New York explains why she was moved to start Off the Sidelines, why she left her career in law, and her relationship with Gabrielle Giffords.

Gillibrand, 44, has been compared to Tracy Flick, the maniacally ambitious class-president candidate played by Reese Witherspoon in Election. Sure, Gillibrand is driven — and petite and blonde, with a blazing blue-eyed gaze — but she is also hardworking and no-nonsense. Since switching careers from law to politics, she has been instrumental in key measures such as passing the 9/11 health bill for rescue workers and repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." We asked how she made it all happen. 


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