Today New York Gov. David Paterson picked women’s rights supporter Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “She has big shoes to fill, and we are confident that she will be a senator who will continue the fight for the women, girls and families of New York and the nation,” said NOW President Kim Gandy. “We are pleased a pro-choice woman has been appointed, and we expect that Gillibrand will take up key issues where Clinton left off.”
The National Organization for Women congratulates Gillibrand, who was elected in November to her second term in the House of Representatives, on her appointment. The NOW Political Action Committee proudly endorsed Gillibrand in her original race in 2006, and when she ran for reelection in 2008. NOW PAC endorsed her because she was strong on women’s issues, advocated for families and children, supported reproductive rights, and supported equal marriage rights.
“As a senator from a large, generally progressive state like New York, Gillibrand has a real chance to shine, to make a significant impact on the lives of women and girls in her home state and across the country. We hope Gillibrand will become a sponsor and staunch supporter of legislation advancing a range of feminist issues,” said Gandy. “We look forward to working with her.”