January 27th, 2009
12:56 PM ET
9 years ago

Gillibrand sworn in as U.S. senator


Gillibrand officially became a senator Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After serving only two years in the House, former Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn in as the junior senator from New York Tuesday afternoon.

Her swearing-in concluded a seemingly chaotic selection process that drew criticism from across the political spectrum.

New York Gov. David Paterson appointed Gillibrand, 42, to fill Hillary Clinton's vacant U.S. Senate seat last Friday.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. laura

    Watch out for John Boehner .... he will destory your dreams and take away your soul ......... of course ' if the price is right he might agree with you '

    January 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    How could Hoof-N-Mouth Biden swear her in with his foot in his mouth?

    January 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Luke Brown

    The Party of Herbert Hoover is alive and well. They want a No vote on a stimulus package to help American communities devastated by the disastrous policies of their leader GW Bush.

    January 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Luke Brown

    Is she really a Democrat?

    January 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Helene

    Shame !

    January 27, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. BenR

    this is a sad day for ny. Since when should rural hicks get representation in a state where all the population is downstate and urban! Equal representation should reflect the population, and this one does not! Paterson is an idiot, and he is on his way out. I can't wait for Carolyn McCarthy to cream this nobody in her reelection bid!

    January 27, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Allen

    KAREN: Nice try, but if you were EVER a republican, I'm the frickin' pope. You're obviously a dyed-in-the-wool democrat and an Obama Kool-Aid drinker. It's a common tactic–claiming to be a redeemed former member of the opposite party–but smart people can see through it.

    January 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. ran

    This will be the last time she is swon in. She will lose in 2010.

    January 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Finally

    Finally a moderate Democrat! How refreshing is this, in a world filled with Pelosi's and Reid's. Don't worry there is still time to drive her away from the party like they did Reagan. Then you'll loose another one of the only Democrats that don't want to wipe their feet on the flag.

    January 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. boered1

    wot the problem you have is oyu think you are living in a DEMOCRACY I hate to be the one to break this to oyu WE ARE NOT NOW NOR HAVE EVER BEEN A DEMOCRACY, THE US of A IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN A REPUBLIC. Maybe when you understand that BASIC you can give us your opinion on where what we should do. Okay? Okay.


    January 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Michael G -Ventura ca

    So sad. This is NOT a good choice and that will be proven in 2010!

    January 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Re-election for thos Appointed

    I hope she turns out to be something – Hillary's shoes will be hard to fill.

    Somehow I doubt it though...

    January 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Chris, Albany, NY

    Enjoy it while you can, cause your not commin back in 2010!

    January 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Maggie in NY

    Jackie in Dallas – the now-empty congressional seat will be filled by special election, to take place within 60 days.

    January 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Fitty scents

    OK now we gotchya, want to know more bout ya. Hope u don't have no skeltons in your closet. Will not judge u, hope u do a great job and show the folks one don't need much experience to be a Senator. Good Luck, keep your hose clean, er that is nose clean. Good luck in 2010.

    January 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Griff

    What if I told you? "Women", know more about Computers than "Men"... KeyBoard Wise... Program's are getting Easier all the Time... You don't need much of a Brain if you know the Program..
    Not to demoralise any Female... More to Shake Up (More) "Old Fogie's.....

    January 27, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. JDD

    I love the wording. "After serving only two years in the House...." So, it sounds to me that it would have been better to put in Caroline EntitledToWhateverSheWants Kennedy in who had zero experience in anything.

    January 27, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Joe Green

    "after serving only two years in the House"

    As opposed to what? Caroline Kennedy's serving ZERO years anywhere?

    I am not taking a dig at Kennedy, but what made her think that she could go from zero to senator overnight?

    The governor did the right thing, appointing someone with experience.

    Besides, Oprah was busy.

    January 27, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Bob in Pa

    Good for Kirsten, Good for David Paterson !

    Is she really that short, or is Joe just trying to be larger than life ?

    January 27, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    Matt January 27th, 2009 1:17 pm ET
    GOPer in Dem's clothing
    Not really! She is a conservative democrat! Yes they exist just like there are liberal republicans! Small in number, Blue dog dems would be an example of conservative (at least fiscally) Dems. The Senators from Maine would be examples of liberal Republicans! One can be socially liberal and fiscally conservative at the same time. Therein lies the confusion!

    January 27, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)

    It's only healthy for the Democrats to have someone with different views. This would also include Jim Webb and a number of congressmen from North Carolina (like Heath Shuler), Indiana, and Kentucky.

    We should be proud. Especially since you will never find a Republican who will admit to being for gun control, pro-choice, or gay (Jim Kolbe came out and that was the end of his support).

    January 27, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Allen

    KAREN: Nice try, but if you were EVER a republican, I'm the pope. You're obviously a dyed-in-the-wool democrat and an Obama Kool-Aid drinker. It's a common tactic–claiming to be a redeemed former member of the opposite party–but smart people can see through it.

    January 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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