Kirsten Gillibrand Picked As Next New York Senator

Democratic congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is the New York governor's pick to fill Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's vacate Senate seat.

Gov David Patterson named the 42-year-old Gillibrand Friday.

Gillibrand was a dark horse, lacking the name recognition of Caroline Kennedy, who withdrew her candidacy, or even the seniority of other New York representatives vying for the job.

But she is a proven vote-getter in her sprawling eastern New York district. She picked off an entrenched Republican incumbent in 2006 and cruised to re-election last year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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