Kirsten Gillibrand

ALBANY, NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: U.S. Rep. Kirs...Image by Getty Images via DaylifeSo we have a new senator here in NY, replacing Hillary Clinton. Her name is Kirsten Gillibrand and honestly, I've never heard of her before the announcement yesterday. Fortunately, The NY Times did a long piece on her today and I learned quite a bit about our new senator.

She's a "centrist democrat" (good) from a largely republican district (also good). I don't agree with everything she's for (she gets a 100% approval rating from the NRA), but I agree with her on most stuff.

But when I read this, I knew I am going to like her:

In Washington, Ms. Gillibrand has made a calling card of transparency,
posting a “Sunlight Report” on her Congressional Web site that lists
her meetings with lobbyists as well as the names of those seeking
government grants known as earmarks. Some senior colleagues, in a club
where such names are often considered state secrets, complain that this
tended to make them look bad.

I sure hope the "sunlight report" survives her move from the House to the Senate. Making her colleagues look bad is the first step to making them copy her.

We need people in government who aren't afraid to be transparent and tell everyone who cares what they think, who is lobbying them, and why.

I think I'm going to like our new senator. I hope I get a chance to meet her soon.

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