New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president

New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president
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Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneySenate bill seeks to bring freedom back to banking Dems challenge bank CEOs on post-crisis reforms Carole King lobbies lawmakers in support of bill to protect the Rockies MORE (D) on Sunday endorsed her colleague from New York, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand pledges not to use 'stolen hacked' materials in 2020 campaign 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal Where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on impeachment 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 TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers 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 RiceBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president Hispanic Dems ask for multi-agency meeting on family separations MORE (D) and Sean MaloneySean Patrick MaloneyNew York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president First step in restoring Internet sanity: Passing legislation to stop online sex trafficking Wedding bells to ring for gay congressman MORE (D), have endorsed former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) in the 2020 race.