Americans deserve a president who will put the needs of working families first, listen to every voice and be brave enough to fight for what’s right.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Kirsten inherited a dedication to public service from her grandmother and mother, who organized women and served their communities as Democratic activists. Drawing inspiration from them, Kirsten began her career as a lawyer and then decided to pursue a path of public service.
After serving in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., Kirsten decided to move home to upstate New York to raise her family—and to eventually make a long-shot bid to represent her home district in Congress. With her 2-year-old son Theo in tow, Kirsten ran for Congress in 2006 as an underdog for a seat held by a long-term Republican incumbent in a district with a 2-1 Republican majority. Unafraid of the uphill battle and determined to bring commonsense ideas to the table, Kirsten won her election with calls for congressional ethics reform, an end to the war in Iraq, and Medicare for All.
Today, as a mother of young sons, Kirsten is running for president to fight for America’s families as hard as she fights for her own. She’s running on a vision for an America in which quality and affordable health care is a right, public education is strong regardless of the block you grow up on, hard work is rewarded, and greed and money are eliminated from politics. She has never been afraid of a fight—especially against President Trump—and she knows we need to restore integrity, courage, and compassion to the White House. Combating money in politics is key to her campaign and central to achieving progressive policies—she’s rejecting corporate PAC and federal lobbyist money and has disavowed individual super PACs.
Inspired by her grandmother, Kirsten has made it her life’s mission to support and empower more women to step up and run for office. In 2010, Kirsten launched Off The Sidelines: a call to action to encourage women and girls to make their voices heard on the issues they care about. In eight years, Off The Sidelines has recruited, mentored, and supported dozens of women candidates for higher office and helped elect some of the Democratic Party’s brightest rising stars.
Kirsten graduated from Dartmouth College and the UCLA School of Law. She served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and as a lawyer in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 as the congresswoman representing NY-20 and was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2009, where she has since won reelection twice. Kirsten splits her time between upstate New York and Washington, D.C., and lives with her husband, Jonathan; their two sons, Theo and Henry; and their labradoodle, Maple.