Senator Kirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand (D – NY) announced on January 15, 2019, that she is creating an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for a campaign for President in 2020.
Gillibrand easily won re-election to the Senate in November 2018, with 67% of the vote.
She is the one US Senator most closely associated with the #MeToo movement. Relatedly, she was the first Democratic Senator to call for the resignation of Senator Al Franken (D – Minn.) after several women accused him of harassment or inappropriate conduct. Her position with regard to Franken drew some backlash from within the party establishment, but that incident — and the commitment it implies, one that goes beyond party loyalty — may now work for her as a differentiating fact in what is quickly becoming a very crowded field of presidential aspirants.
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Losing no time, Senator Gillibrand held an event in Sioux City, Iowa, on Friday, January 18, and visited other Iowan cities later in the weekend. Iowa is the site of the first contest of the campaign season, a caucus that this cycle has been scheduled for February 3, 2020.