Jonathan Gillibrand is the husband of Junior NY senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. The two have been married since 2001 and are the proud parents of two children.
Jonathan’s wife was born Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik on December 9, 1966. According to the senate website, Kirsten Gillibrand attended Albany’s Academy of Holy Names, she went onto graduated in 1984 from Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, the first all women’s high school in the United States.
The magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College in 1988, Gillibrand went on to receive her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991 and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
After working as an attorney in New York City for more than a decade, Senator Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton Administration. She then worked as an attorney in Upstate New York before becoming a member of Congress in 2009.
After filling in for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the New York senate delegation; Kirsten was re-elected to a full six-year term in 2012 with 72% of the vote, the highest margin for any statewide candidate in New York.
Described as a pioneer and a progressive, she became the first Member of Congress to post her official public schedule, personal financial disclosure, and federal earmark requests online. The New York Times called Gillibrand’s commitment to transparency a “quiet touch of revolution” in Washington.
No doubt Senator Gillibrand is a popular name in D.C. As for her personal life, she has been a married lady for the last 16-years. Meet her husband below.
Jonathan Gillibrand hails from the U.K. He and Senator Kirsten met while he was attending Columbia to earn an MBA back in 1999. At the time, according to NY Mag, Jonathan was actually in another relationship with a friend of Kirsten’s.
The story goes that once her friend stopped seeing him, Kirsten asked if it was okay if she contacted him. Long story short, she and Jonathan bonded and by their second date, their shared Catholic heritage seal the deal by attending mass at St. Ignatius, on the Upper East Side.
Jonathan who also goes by Johnny had planned to stay in the U.S only for a year but his relationship with Kirsten made him change his mind. They were married in 2001.
The British-born Gillibrand –who is two years younger than his wife –works in finance, he is a financial manager and venture capitalist.
According to his LinkedIn Jonathan Gillibrand is the current managing Director at Palm Beach International and Owner of Palm Beach International.
Jonathan and Kristen have two sons Theodore born in 2003 and Henrry, born in 2008.
Jonathan Gillibrand and his family currently reside in Brunswick, New York.