New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president

New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president
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Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyReport: Americans unprepared for retirement Senate approves fund to provide compensation for Sept. 11 victims Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D) on Sunday endorsed her colleague from New York, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand: Rosy economic outlook not 'reflected in everyday, kitchen-table issues families are facing' Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Steve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination MORE (D-N.Y.), for president.

"I am proud to endorse my friend @SenGillibrand to be our next President and the nation's first woman President," Maloney wrote on Twitter.

"I saw her tenacity when we fought together to pass the 9/11 Health bill and know she has what it takes to defeat Trump." 

Gillibrand officially announced her 2020 candidacy on Sunday after having formed an exploratory committee in January.

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The 52-year-old New York lawmaker joins a crowded and diverse pool of Democratic candidates vying to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE in 2020. She is one of six women who have announced runs so far.

Maloney's endorsement is Gillibrand's first so far from a sitting member of Congress, according to Politico. 

Two representatives from New York, Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RicePelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch Democrat offers measure to prevent lawmakers from sleeping in their offices Hillicon Valley: Pelosi blasts Facebook for not taking down doctored video | Democrats push election security after Mueller warning | Critics dismiss FCC report on broadband access | Uber to ban passengers with low ratings MORE (D) and Sean MaloneySean Patrick MaloneyThree NRA board members resign from organization Trump Jr., Guilfoyle raise .5 million on California swing for Trump campaign House Democrat on O'Rourke: 'I wouldn't count him out yet' MORE (D), have endorsed former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) in the 2020 race.