NEW YORK (CNN) – New York Gov. David Paterson has chosen Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to sources close to the decision.
Gillibrand, 42, represents New York's traditionally Republican 20th district. She is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of congressional Democrats who hold more conservative views than their liberal Democratic counterparts. She is an outspoken advocate for gun rights, and she supports an extension of the Bush tax cuts.
Caroline Kennedy, seen as a favorite to fill the vacant seat, withdrew her name from consideration Wednesday, citing personal reasons.