Gillibrand Snags a Spot on Armed Services

As she continues to rack up glowing profiles following her first statewide win, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is also getting some newfound recognition in Washington.

Her office announced today that she’ll serve on the Senate’s Armed Services Committee.

Gillibrand has made military families and veterans a particular focus of her brief tenure in the Senate, and traveled to Afghanistan in November for a tour of the military’s operations there.

She also worked with Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin last year, when she pressed him to hold a hearing on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. That hearing helped propel the repeal effort, which was ultimately accomplished in the Senate’s lame-duck session last month.

“One of the reasons I came to Congress was to strengthen our national security and serve as a voice for our troops and military families,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “I am honored to once again serve on the Armed Services Committee to continue fighting for America’s troops and veterans.”

Gillibrand served on the committee in the House, and had pressed for the same assignment in the Senate. She will give up her seat on the Foreign Relations Committee to take the new post.

Her predecessor, Hillary Clinton, also served on Armed Services.