Gillibrand sworn in to Senate

January 27, 2009 1:08:06 PM PST
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is officially getting to work. Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath of office to her Tuesday afternoon in the U.S. Capitol.

Gov. David Paterson appointed the second-term congresswoman from upstate New York on Friday. She was named to the post after Caroline Kennedy, the presumed front-runner, withdrew from contention because of personal reasons.

Gillibrand fills a seat vacated when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of state.

At age 42, Gillibrand is the youngest U.S. senator. She is the 17th woman to serve in the Senate.


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