Happy birthday, Kirsten Gillibrand! The recently re-elected New York senator turns 46 today. Kirsten has a lot of buzz surrounding her as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, and in fact celebrity interviewer Amanda de Cadenet told us that she could see Kirsten as our first female president.
Senator Gillibrand is one of a number of women who have what it takes to soon reach the same power status as dames like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. Considering that this recent election had some big wins for women (we are set to have a record number of women, 20, in the Senate come 2013), we have high hopes for female representation in politics. To do our part in recognizing women in government, we've gathered some names of up-and-coming women in politics, including governors, some attorneys general, and senators. Join us in getting to know these ladies while they're still on the rise.