Without Clinton (or Elizabeth Warren) in the race, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York could satisfy Democratic yearnings to put the first woman in the White House. Though little known outside New York, she is popular at home. She’s also good at fundraising and has been helping fellow Democrats through her two political action committees.
Gillibrand will publish a memoir in September 2014 that will encourage women “to make their voices heard,” she says. Aspiring presidents often publish books before a campaign launch.
At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012, Gillibrand gave a well-received address to the delegates from Iowa – home of the first nominating contest. When asked, she insists she’s not running for president and has already thrown her support behind Clinton.
"I am personally urging Secretary Clinton to run," Gillibrand said in 2013. "I've told her I plan to support her in any way I can.”
As a New Yorker, Gillibrand would in fact be third in line to run for president from her state, after Clinton and Governor Cuomo. But if the other two opt out, she would have an opening.