New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is the author of "Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World" (2014). Prior to being appointed to the Senate in 2009, she was elected twice to the House of Representatives, representing New York's 20th congressional district.
I first met her in person at a news conference at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. I'm a fairly good judge of character, IMHO, and let me tell you I was picking up wonderful vibes and saw a halo of excitement and opportunity surrounding her, which certainly played out, thanks in a big way to the king of serendipity, Governor David Paterson.
Gillibrans is best known for championing both the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the adoption of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. In 2014, Gillibrand was named one of the Time 100.