May 9th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
11 years ago

What's new on Capitol Hill? Motherhood

WASHINGTON (CNN) - At 8:30 a.m., Kirsten Gillibrand looks like any other working mom in a minivan dropping off her baby boy at day care and her other son at school.

But one hour later, she is gaveling the United States Senate into session.

Sen. Gillibrand, D-New York, is part of a different kind of "change" in Washington - a baby boom among female lawmakers.

She had her son Henry 11 months ago, when she was serving in the House of Representatives.

"I think it makes me and the other women better legislators, because we really understand some of the struggles that other moms and other families have," Gillibrand said.

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-South Dakota, had her first baby, Zachary, 5 months ago.

Even though she's a member of Congress, she has to wait her turn on a waiting list with other Capitol Hill employees at the congressional day care center, which is at capacity. Until he can get in, Henry usually spends his days with a nanny or family.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Mit Jones

    I thought it was only republicans who had families!

    May 9, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    I'm glad she can afford that nanny... how many women in this country cannot... how many are at the mercy of day cares they can only HOPE are taking good care of their babies so they can scratch out a living?

    May 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. The Broker.

    Breaking News. The Broker, has found a new love.
    Bless you Susan Boyle. I also had a dream, and it came true...

    May 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. john smith

    This is shocking and terrible news.

    How can these millionaire public servants think they have the right to waste the public's time and money taking care of more children. Do your JOBS! We pay your salaries and it is highly irresponsible to distract yourselves with babies and families.

    I seriously worry about the intelligence of our public servants, and all these women having children right now reinforces their low intelligence level.

    Right now is a terrible time to bring more people into the US – we are on the precipice of a total collapse in the society due to aggregate debt levels of 3.5X GDP, and this woman has nothing better to do than create yet another victim of the evil baby boomers who have mortgaged the future to Asia?

    This kid will be a slave by the time it's 20, as will all Americans.

    May 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Tim from NC

    Isn't it funny how liberals were asking if Sarah Palin would be able to be VP and a mother but they wont dare ask if these women in Congress can do it....... I just love the double standard hypocrites of the democratic party....... What are the chances of CNN actually posting this???? Probably the same as them actually covering the White House and not spinning for it......

    May 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Joe

    Serving your country and caring for your children at the same time ... I applaud anyone for that effort. In fact, I think those in the Congress and Senate with young children have an advantage over the others ... they know how to deal with the childish acts of their constituents on the floor!

    May 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. shelby

    Wow, imagine that they're women, they work and they have families. So where's the big newsflash?

    May 9, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Joyce Becker

    There isn't a thing a woman can not do better than a man and Senator Gillibrand and the other mothers in the administration sure prove that.

    May 9, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. sam

    What makes her any more special than all the other working women?

    May 9, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Yossi Gestetner

    How lovely...

    Give me a break. What do most Americans do? U ye, have families and work, without a yearly "cost of living" increase in their pay check, as members of Congress give them selfes.

    May 9, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |