Kirsten Gillibrand gives advice to incoming women lawmakers: 'Follow your heart'

Kirsten Gillibrand gives advice to incoming women lawmakers: 'Follow your heart'

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan | Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS | Pentagon scraps billion-dollar missile defense program Sanders targets gig economy as part of new labor plan Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill MORE (D-NY) gave advice to incoming female lawmakers: “Follow your heart.”

Appearing on "Good Morning America" Tuesday, Gillibrand told the women to “bring the passion that got you elected to Washington to make things better for people.”

Gillibrand said she can’t wait to meet with all the new Congress members, which will make up one of the most diverse chambers in history.


A record number of women were elected to the House, with more than 100 winning congressional races.

Gillibrand won her third term and is seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2020.

Gillibrand said she is giving “long, hard thought” to challenging President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE in 2020, calling it a “moral question.”

“If you want to be a great community organizer and a great representative you have to start with listening,” she tells the incoming lawmakers.

Gillibrand also said a big part of succeeding in Washington is working with colleagues to find “common ground” to make things happen.