[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/23/clinton.replacement/art.gillibrand.seat.gov.jpg caption=" Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand has been picked to succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. Senator from New York, sources say."](CNN) - Albany-born Kirsten Gillibrand currently represents New York's conservative 20th congressional district. She's a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative congressional Democrats.
Gillibrand is a supporter of gun rights, and has been endorsed in her past Congressional runs by the National Rifle Association. She also supports an extension of the Bush tax cuts. The 42 -year-old Catholic congresswoman was an attorney before entering politics.
Her upstate district starts in Dutchess county, at the northern fringe of the New York City suburbs, and shoots straight up the eastern side of the Hudson River, including Columbia and Rensselaer (just east of Albany) counties. It also includes Greene County, just west of the Hudson River in the northern Catskill region, and Delaware County, which is even further to the west.
The 20th congressional district also includes Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties in the northern part of the state.
Gillibrand's seat was held by four-term Republican Rep. John Sweeney, and was considered safe for the GOP when she jumped into the race in 2006. Gillibrand ended up winning a brutal contest by a 53 to 47 percent margin. She was overwhelmingly re-elected this past November, 62 percent to 38 percent.