Senate Democrats

Reid Statement on Appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand to be Next U.S. Senator from New York

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after New York Gov. David Paterson named Rep. Kirsten E. Gillibrand to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

“I just spoke to Kirsten Gillibrand to congratulate her on this appointment and told her that I know she will be a superb Senator for the people of New York.  I commend Gov. Paterson for choosing an effective Member of Congress and a proven problem solver who is committed to fiscal discipline, making America more secure and ensuring government is transparent and accountable.  Gillibrand is a rising star in the Democratic Party who I am confident will quickly become a rising star here in the Senate and will pick up where Hillary Clinton left off in looking out for the interests of all New Yorkers.  I look forward to welcoming her into the Democratic Caucus and working with her to pursue our ambitious agenda.”