New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president

New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president
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Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's impeachment jeopardy deepens The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington mourns loss of Elijah Cummings MORE (D) on Sunday endorsed her colleague from New York, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick 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 TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 RiceMarijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch Democrat offers measure to prevent lawmakers from sleeping in their offices 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.