6:02 pm Aug. 23, 2012
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will give a speech to the Iowa delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next month, according to the Des Moines Register.
As the first caucus state, Iowa attracts a disproportionately heavy hitting list of speakers.
This year's list includes a handful of officials rumored to be interested in 2016, including Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.
Gillibrand is occasionally mentioned as a potential 2016 candidate, though she has encouraged her predecessor, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to run again in four years. (Another New Yorker, Governor Andrew Cuomo, also inspires some Iowa-related chatter.)
A spokesman for Gillibrand said she has personal connections to the state.
"As Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, Senator Harkin was instrumental in passing the 9/11 Health Bill by giving the bill its first ever hearing in the U.S. Senate, and Senator Gillibrand appreciates his invitation to speak about her goal of getting more women elected to the halls of Congress this election cycle," said Glen Caplin, a spokesman, in an email.
"She believes the Iowa delegation is poised to make history by helping to ensure that Christie Vilsack becomes the first women ever elected to federal office from the Hawkeye State and looks forward to firing up the troops on her behalf."
Vilsack was one of three congressional candidates for whom Gillibrand helped raised $100,000 recently.
Per the Register, here's the current slate from the Iowa Democartic Party:
Monday, September 3 — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa;
Tuesday, September 4 — Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley;
Wednesday, September 5 — Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia;
Thursday, September 6 — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and the Honorable Tom Vilsack.