Gillibrand campaign adds senior staffers: report

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law 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 BrownOn The Money: Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress | Kudlow denies plan to demote Fed chief | Waters asks Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project On The Money: Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress | Kudlow denies plan to demote Fed chief | Waters asks Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project Maxine Waters calls on Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project 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 HarrisBiden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Poll: Six Dems lead Trump in Florida match-ups 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 BookerWarren introduces universal child care legislation Warren introduces universal child care legislation Booker responds to Trump's mass deportation threat: 'This is not who we are' MORE (D) and Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE (I), who is said to be eyeing a run.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Warren introduces universal child care legislation 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.