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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator for New York

pronounced KEER-stun // JIL-uh-brand

Gillibrand is the junior senator from New York and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 27, 2009. Gillibrand is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.

She was previously the representative for New York’s 20th congressional district as a Democrat from 2007 to 2009.

Gillibrand has cosponsored 5 bills introduced in the current Congress by Republican legislators who fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election.
Photo of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Gillibrand.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gillibrand is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Gillibrand has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 27, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 95% American Civil Liberties Union: 92% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B+ United States Chamber of Commerce: 40% The Club for Growth: 9%

Committee Membership

Kirsten Gillibrand sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Gillibrand was the primary sponsor of 27 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 27 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gillibrand sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Health (16%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Environmental Protection (9%) Taxation (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Gillibrand’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gillibrand voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 71/23 on Dec 19, 2019.

Gillibrand voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Jul 2021, Gillibrand missed 134 of 3,929 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is worse than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events. Legislators running for president or vice president typically miss votes while on the campaign trail — that’s normal. See our analysis of presidential candidates’ missed votes.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: