Kirsten Gillibrand, New York senator: What to know

Kirsten Gillibrand was largely unknown when she was appointed as a New York senator in 2009 — having only been in office as a congresswoman for two years before that — but she was overwhelming re-elected in 2012.

Born in Albany on Dec. 9, 1966, Gillibrand was called Tina growing up because her younger brother couldn’t pronounce Kirsten.

Gillibrand worked as a lawyer in New York City before running for office, and today, she lives with her family in Brunswick, New York, when she’s not in Washington, D.C.

Here are seven things you may not have known about the New York senator.