Jonathan Gillibrand is the loving and supportive husband of Junior NY senator, Kristen Gillibrand. The two have an interesting love story which involves Jonathan dating another woman and relocating to the U.S from his home country.
Jonathan’s wife was born Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik on December 9, 1966. According to the senate website, Kirsten became the first Member of Congress to post her official public schedule, personal financial disclosure, and federal earmark requests online.
Senator Gillibrand who has emerged as a pioneer and a progressive, 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.
Senator Gillibrand and her husband have been married for over a decade. Meet her husband below.
1. Jonathan Gillibrand hails from the U.K.
Accoridng to reports he is two-years his wife’s junior.
2. They met while he was dating another woman.
Jonathan and Kirsten met in 1999, according to NY Mag, Jonathan was actually in a 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.
3. He and Kirsten share Catholic heritage.
By their second date, they bonded by attending mass at St. Ignatius, on the Upper East Side.
4. He holds a masters degree from Columbia.
Jonathan who also goes by Johnny had planned to stay in the U.S only for a year to study his MBA; but his relationship with Kirsten made him change his mind and he stayed in the U.S.
5. They have two children.
They have been married since 2001 and are the proud parents of two sons: Theodore born in 2003 and Henrry, born in 2008.
6. The British-born works in finance.
Jonahtan Gillibrand is a financial manager and venture capitalist. According to his LinkedIn Gillibrand is the current managing Director and owner at Palm Beach International.
7. Jonathan and his family are Brunswick, New York residents.
The Gillibrands sold their house in Hudson and have been living in Brunswick since 2011.