- Kirsten Gillibrand announced her candidacy for president on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
- With a net worth of nearly $500,000, Gillibrand is among the top 100 wealthiest people in the Senate.
- Her income is drawn from her Senate salary and book deals.
With two years to go, the 2020 presidential race is officially underway. One of the first politicians to announce her candidacy was Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York. During an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Gillibrand announced she was forming an exploratory committee and that her platform would focus on health care for all, education and job training. Here’s what you need to know about the presidential hopeful’s finances and career.
Birthdate: Dec. 9, 1966
Net worth: $498,502
Primary source of income: U.S. elected official
Career highlights: Senator, New York
Kirsten Gillibrand’s Net Worth: $498,502
With a net worth of nearly $500,000, Gillibrand is the 83rd-richest member of the Senate, according to Open Secrets. Since 2006, Gillibrand has held a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a senator. Her annual salary is $174,000.
Her supplemental income comes from a portfolio of investments and earnings from her book, “Off the Sidelines: Speak Up, Be Fearless, and Change Your World,” published in 2014, and a children’s book, “Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote,” released in November 2018.
Kirsten Gillibrand’s Education and Early Career
Gillibrand was born Kirsten Rutnik in Albany, N.Y., to two lawyers. She followed her family’s footsteps and graduated from Dartmouth College. Gillibrand then took off for the West Coast and graduated from the University of California Los Angeles’ law school in 1991. As a practicing lawyer in New York City, she defended big tobacco but has since stated she didn’t have the agency as a young associate to pick her own cases. Once she was promoted to senior associate, Gillibrand took on pro-bono cases, defending abused women and tenants fighting landlords over lead conditions.
Politics piqued her interest after she saw a speech by Hillary Clinton — Gillibrand now considers Clinton a friend and a mentor. Gillibrand then went on the work on Clinton’s 2000 U.S. Senate campaign.
Kirsten Gillibrand’s Husband and Family
Outside of her political life, Gillibrand and her husband, Jonathan, lead a quiet life. The couple — who met on a blind date — are raising their two sons, Henry and Theodore, in Brunswick, N.Y.
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