As a representative and now as New York's junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand has emerged as a champion for revitalizing her state's manufacturing sector by incentivizing the transition to clean energy technology manufacturing. She has consistently voiced support for investments and tax credits for clean energy and energy efficiency as a major source of jobs to help New York's economy recover. Gillibrand voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the single largest investment in clean energy and energy efficiency in our nation's history, and supports a federal renewable electricity standard, as well as robust action to fight global warming. Her seats on the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Agriculture Committee have afforded her platforms from which to advance these goals.
Born to a politically-connected Albany family, Gillibrand is an attorney who served during the Clinton Administration as Special Counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo, and practiced corporate law in New York City. She was first elected to office in 2006, beating the Republican incumbent to represent New York's 20th District, a rural district located mostly along New York's borders with Vermont and Massachusetts. In January 2009, Governor David Paterson elevated her to fill the Senate seat of now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who left the Senate with an 82% LCV lifetime score. Having defeated Joseph DioGuardi in the special election in November 2010 to serve out the remainder of Clinton's term, Gillibrand faces another election in 2012 to earn a full six-year term. Gillibrand returns to the Senate with an impressive 88% LCV lifetime score.
In her own words:
"The best way to stem the tide of global climate change is to end America's dependence on carbon-based energy and invest in clean, homegrown energy sources. Those investments will not only address global climate change, but spur economic growth, create green collar jobs and move America forward on a path to energy independence."
Kirsten Gillibrand completed an earlier version of LCV's candidate questionnaire that differs slightly from the most up-to-date version in a few of the questions it asks candidates. Differences are noted below: