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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 is 56 years old.

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

Photo of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 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, 2019 to Mar 22, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Kirsten Gillibrand sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Gillibrand was the primary sponsor of 35 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 35 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:

Health (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Agriculture and Food (15%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Environmental Protection (11%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Taxation (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Gillibrand recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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 Mar 2023, Gillibrand missed 142 of 4,654 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% 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, major life events, and running for higher office. 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: