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Gov. David Paterson will select 20th Congressional Representative Kirsten Gillibrand.
Born into a politically-connected family, Kirsten Rutnik was born and raised in Albany, New York; her parents were Douglas P. Rutnik, an attorney with the public defender's office, and Polly Noonan Rutnik, also an attorney.
After attending Albany's Academy of Holy Names, she graduated in 1984 from Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, the first all women's high school in the United States.
A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College in 1988, Gillibrand went on to receive her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991 and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Gillibrand is a member of the[B] Blue Dog Coalition[/B]. She strongly opposes gun control. She is a strong advocate of 2nd Amendment rights. She supports extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts; stem cell research; and the Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act. Gillibrand opposes attempts to partially privatize Social Security. She strongly supported passage of the 2008 Farm Bill. Gillibrand broke with former Governor Eliot Spitzer on the issue of illegal immigration, opposing his plan to issue New York State drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.