Fourteen years before Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York, she heard her future mentor say these life-changing words: "Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you'll have no one to blame but yourself."
She instantly knew that her voice-all women's voices-were essential to shaping the future of this country, and that she had a greater purpose in life: to speak up and effect change. In Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World, the senator, wife, and mother of two recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them.
Gillibrand speaks candidly about her legislative successes and her crushing disappointments, and lays bare the highs and lows of being a young (pregnant!) woman in Congress, as well as the joys and sacrifices every working mother shares.
Kirsten E. Gillibrand was first sworn in as United States Senator from New York in January 2009. In November 2012, Gillibrand was elected to her first six-year Senate term with 72 percent of the vote, winning 60 of New York’s 62 counties.
Based in Washington, D.C., “Andrea Mitchell Reports” premiered in 2008. Mitchell is also the NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and regularly appears on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”, “Today”, and “Meet the Press.” The program includes in-depth interviews with DC and world newsmakers and covers many international news topics as well.