Gillibrand campaign adds senior staffers: report

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate Gillibrand unveils mental health plan MORE (D-N.Y.) is staffing up for her presidential campaign and has reportedly hired a state director for a key early primary state among other senior hires.

Politico reports that Gillibrand has hired personnel to five top positions: chief operating officer, national political director, digital finance director, as well as statewide and political directors for campaign efforts in New Hampshire.

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The key hires include Semedrian Smith, a former staffer for Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBank watchdogs approve rule to loosen ban on risky Wall Street trades Dayton mayor assigned extra security following verbal spat with Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE (D-Ohio), who is thought to also be considering a 2020 bid. Smith previously served as Brown's deputy campaign manager for his successful 2018 Senate reelection run.

Gillibrand has also made two key hires in the early primary state of New Hampshire, where her new state director Pat Devney worked previously on a number of political campaigns including Colin Van Ostern's unsuccessful 2016 bid for governor. Van Ostern lost by two points to incumbent Chris Sununu (R).

The hires come as Gillibrand is headed back to the state for a second visit, a campaign source told Politico. Other 2020 Democrats have begun staffing up in early primary states including New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.), who announced the hiring of her chairwoman for Iowa campaigning efforts last month.

Gillibrand faces a large field of candidates vying for the top spot in the New Hampshire primary, including New Jersey Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (D) and Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE (I), who is said to be eyeing a run.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE (D-Mass.), who officially announced her 2020 run earlier this month, visited the state last month shortly after making a trip to multiple cities in Iowa, the first caucus state.