By Staci Zaretsky • January 23, 2009•Politics and Government
Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand has been selected by Governor David Paterson to fill Hillary Clinton's vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Ms. Gillibrand is largely unknown to New Yorkers statewide, but is considered an up-and-coming and forceful lawmaker in her district and has gained considerable attention from Democratic leaders in Washington. . . . Ms. Gillibrand, who lives near Hudson, N.Y., just outside of Albany,with her husband, Jonathan Gillibrand, a financial consultant, and their sons, Theodore, who is 5, and Henry, who is 6 months old. (Ms.Gillibrand received a standing ovation on the floor of the House from her colleagues for working right up to the day she gave birth to Henry.)