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Into her own

Gillibrand gaining respect in Senate

Landslide win contrasts early doubts

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand hosts a Capital Region Women's Economic Empowerment Roundtable in February at the Midtown Tap and Tea Room in Albany.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand hosts a Capital Region Women's Economic Empowerment Roundtable in February at the Midtown Tap and Tea Room in Albany.
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Kirsten Gillibrand was derided as a vulnerable flip-flopper when she was appointed to the Senate in 2009. Critics called her a nobody from upstate cow country unworthy of a seat held by political stars with names like Kennedy and Clinton. Potential opponents circled, including fellow Democrats.

Now she is enjoying the afterglow of a winning her first six-year term with 72 percent of the vote, and her influence is poised to grow. The landslide ...

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