Friday, March 23, 2007

Kirsten Gillibrand in the News

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Representative Gillibrand talked with farmers, one of many groups from her district in upstate New York to ask for support in Washington.

Second in the NYTimes series on freshman Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, who today voted to set a date to withdraw US troops from Iraq. You go, girl.

The Albany Times-Union outlines
Gillibrand's hectic daily and weekly schedules, including her son Theo.

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand raced to Capitol Hill, bleary-eyed and sleepless, after helping her 3-year-old son Theo fight the flu, washing his sheets at 3 a.m. and catching a car ride with a staffer to cast her last-minute vote on the House floor.

It was just another day in the life of the freshman Democrat from upstate New York who is balancing motherhood with her job of legislating.

"Having Theo in Washington is a wonderful blessing," Gillibrand says. "It keeps me centered."

But it also keeps her running.

Most weekday mornings Gillibrand, 40, and Theo hop the Metro subway at 7:45 a.m. near the Arlington, Va., apartment where she and husband Jonathan reside with Theo.

During the ride to the Capitol, Theo traces the orange, blue and red subway routes on the maps adorning the walls of the Metro cars until they arrive at the Federal Center station close to the congressional day care center at the Ford Building, which she can see from her office window.

Gillibrand drops him off, then hops the train again, exiting one stop later at the Capitol South station, just a short walk from her office.

Working moms everywhere can relate.

Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand takes her son, Theo, to day care in Washington on Tuesday. (Ron Sachs / Special to the Times Union)

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