Gillibrand campaign adds senior staffers: report

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Energy: Gillibrand offers bill to ban pesticide from school lunches | Interior secretary met tribal lawyer tied to Zinke casino dispute | Critics say EPA rule could reintroduce asbestos use Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg Gillibrand introduces bill to ban harmful pesticide from school lunch 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.


The key hires include Semedrian Smith, a former staffer for Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Budowsky: 2020 Dems should debate on Fox Overnight Health Care: How 2020 Dems want to overhaul health care | Brooklyn parents sue over measles vaccination mandate | Measles outbreak nears record 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 HarrisEx-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Pollster says Trump's approval rating in 2020 will be impacted by Dem nominee 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall 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 BookerHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D) and Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms MORE (I), who is said to be eyeing a run.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Defense: Reports detail effect of transgender military ban | Watchdog auditing 8 billion submarine program | Warren questions top general on climate change Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 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.