NY congresswoman gives birth to baby boy

May 15, 2008 10:50:54 AM PDT
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York gave birth Thursday to a healthy baby boy, a day after voting on a major piece of legislation. The delivery makes her just the sixth woman to have a child while a member of Congress. Gillibrand, a first-term Democrat, gave birth at Bethesda Naval Hospital shortly after 5 a.m. to Henry Nelson Gillibrand. Little Henry - weighing seven pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 20 inches long - is the second boy for the Gillibrands.

The congresswoman continued to work up until the day before birth, voting Wednesday for the farm bill.

"Everybody's healthy, everybody's thrilled and very excited," said Gillibrand's spokeswoman, Rachel McEneny.

It was not immediately clear how soon Gillibrand would return to her official duties.

"They will play it by ear like any new parents," said McEneny.

Gillibrand won an upset victory in 2006 over Republican incumbent John Sweeney to represent a congressional district that stretches north and south of the state capital of Albany. The district leans heavily Republican, and she has sought to steer a centrist course in Congress while also raising millions of dollars for what could be a tough re-election fight this year.