New York, NY – Earlier today, TIME magazine named U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to the 2014 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senator Armed Services Committee, has led the year-long fight to reform how the U.S. military justice system handles sexual assault cases and vowed to continue her bipartisan push to pass federal legislation that would remove sexual assault cases from the military chain of command. The Senator also recently launched a new effort to combat the disturbing prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses. Gillibrand is also championing issues in the Senate including: expanding paid family medical leave; her bipartisan bill making child care more affordable, allowing graduates to refinance their federal student loans, and ensuring equal access to the ballot box for every eligible voter this election cycle just to name a few.
Former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato wrote the accompanying tribute to the Senator:
“When she first ran for the House, I thought that race was impossible to win, but she never gave up and she did it. She has taken that same bright, tenacious spirit I saw in her as my intern to the House and then the Senate, serving her constituents and fighting hard on issues like sexual assault in the military.”
The TIME 100 list, now in its 11th year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.