In the history of the United States, just seven women have had babies while serving in Congress. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is one of them.
Gillibrand's second son, Henry, came eight months before Gov. David Paterson called to ask her to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. Gillibrand now has two sons (Theodore is five), two jobs (being in the Senate and running for election in 2010), and, she says, the same challenges as any other working parent.
In advance of Mother's Day (call your mom!), the Capitolist spoke with Sen. Gillibrand about her typical day, about the what other moms in Congress talk about, how having young children has affected her work, and whether she thinks it's all too much to handle sometimes....
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