Senator Who Refuses to Play the Part (The New York Times)

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The New York TimesSen. Kirsten Gillibrand ’88 (D-NY) has earned her reputation for chutzpah and for her fervent and determined defense of causes she believes in, reports The New York  Times.

Gillibrand’s approach, writes the Times, “has quickly brought her national prominence in a chamber in which she has served less than five years and has elevated the issues she has championed, like the sexual assault bill and gays in the military. Her relentlessness is combined with a personal warmth and charm—she steps an inch toward anyone who approaches her, not away, locking eyes as they speak—and she deftly uses outside advocacy groups and the news media to push her agenda.”

“I’ve always seen myself as a voice for the voiceless,” Gillibrand says. “When I hear these stories, they outrage me.”

Read the full story, published 12/6/13 by The New York Times.