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U.N. faces backlash over appointment of anti-gay politician to senior position

U.N. faces backlash over appointment of anti-gay politician to senior position

UNITED NATIONS, June 2 (UPI) --The United Nations is facing backlash after the decision to appoint Ugandan foreign minister Sam Kutesa as president of the general assembly.
Aileen Graef
Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza admits breaking campaign finance rules

Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza admits breaking campaign finance rules

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) --Rightwing author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza admitted Tuesday that he illegally repaid campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in New York.
Frances Burns
McCaskill launches effort to combat campus sexual assault

McCaskill launches effort to combat campus sexual assault

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) --Claire McCaskill held the first of three roundtables as a first step toward legislation meant to improve how college campuses report and combat sexual assault.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- A group of more than two dozen Senate Democrats plan to take, after final votes Monday night, an all-night "talkathon" on climate change.
Gabrielle Levy
Army investigating groping claim against top sex crimes prosecutor

Army investigating groping claim against top sex crimes prosecutor

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army's sex-crimes prosecutor is being investigated on claims he groped a female lawyer during a sexual-assault conference in 2011, Army officials said.
Senate blocks military sex assault bill

Senate blocks military sex assault bill

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- A bill to remove military commanders from military commanders from the decisions over the prosecution of sexual assault cases failed in the Senate.
Gabrielle Levy

Court-martial of U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Sinclair begins

FORT BRAGG, N.C., March 4 (UPI) -- The court-martial of U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeff Sinclair, accused of adultery and other charges, began with pre-trial motions Tuesday at Fort Bragg. N.C.
Senator blocks debate on sexual assault bill to vote on Iran sanctions

Senator blocks debate on sexual assault bill to vote on Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., blocked debate on the military sexual assault bill so the Senate could vote on new sanctions against Iran.
Aileen Graef
Senators push for support of military sexual assault bill

Senators push for support of military sexual assault bill

Veterans who were victims of sexual assault while on active duty joined a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday to push for a bill that takes prosecution of such crimes out of the military chain of command.
Christophe Haubursin -- Medill News Service

Owens says he won't run for re-election

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., said he is retiring from Congress and will not seek re-election to his swing district in November.
Obama gives military deadline on sexual assaults

Obama gives military deadline on sexual assaults

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- President Obama said Friday he expects the U.S. military to make substantial progress in curbing sexual assaults in the next year.
Senate passes defense funding bill with no amendments

Senate passes defense funding bill with no amendments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate passed a $630 billion defense spending bill Thursday in an 84-15 vote that barred any changes to the measure that passed the House.
Senate-House conferees approve $632.8B defense authorization bill

Senate-House conferees approve $632.8B defense authorization bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A bipartisan deal on a $632.8 billion National Defense Authorization Act has been reached, top U.S. defense lawmakers in the Senate and House said.
Military sex assault reform once sure to pass now on skids

Military sex assault reform once sure to pass now on skids

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- An amendment to change how the military handles rape cases is doomed, supporters say, because congressional leaders are rushing to pass a defense spending bill.

Reid backs Gillibrand on military sex-assault bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he backed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to strip U.S. military commanders' power to pick which sex-assault cases to try.
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, attends a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "Addressing Global Climate Change: The Road to Copenhagen" on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 28, 2009. (UPI Photo/Yuri Gripas)
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Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik Gillibrand (/ˈkɪərstən ˈdʒɪlɨbrænd/ keer-stən jil-ə-brand; born December 9, 1966) is the junior United States Senator from the state of New York and a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to being appointed to the Senate by New York Governor David Paterson in 2009, she served two terms in the House of Representatives, representing New York's 20th congressional district.

Gillibrand was born and raised in the Albany area. She is a 1988 graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies. She received her Juris Doctor from UCLA Law School in 1991 and passed the bar the same year. She was an associate in the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in Manhattan before becoming a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Albany.

Gillibrand won an upset congressional election in November 2006, beating four-term incumbent John E. Sweeney 53% to 47%. Her reelection campaign in 2008 against Sandy Treadwell was significantly easier, winning 62% to 38%. In December 2008, President Barack Obama nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State, leaving an empty seat in the New York senate delegation. After two months and many potential names considered, Governor David Paterson appointed Gillibrand to fill the seat. Gillibrand was required to run in a special election in 2010, which she easily won with 63% of the vote. Her term ends in 2013 and she is currently running for reelection in 2012.

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