Campaign Manager, Kirsten Gillibrand for Senate
Sean Gavin first met Kirsten Gillibrand, then a largely unknown candidate for Congress, at a picnic in his native Columbia County back in August of 2005.
“I instantly knew she was someone special and someone I wanted to work for,” he recalls.
Soon after, Gavin was hired as a jack-of-all-trades on the campaign: body person, scheduler, driver, advance man—whatever he could do to help Gillibrand win. His utility on the campaign earned Gavin the nickname “chief of stuff.”
Since Gillibrand successfully ascended to Congress a few months later, Gavin has not ceased to be valuable to her, and he has stayed by her side as she has made her meteoric rise to New York’s junior senator. Over the years Gavin has worked in a variety of key positions in the senator’s legislative offices and campaigns, most recently receiving a promotion to campaign manager for her 2012 reelection bid.
Gavin, a graduate of SUNY Geneseo, credits his own ascent to emulating the work ethic of the indefatigable senator. Speaking of Gillibrand’s 2008 House victory, Gavin recalls, “We always said you can be outspent, but you can’t be outworked. Putting everything into the task at hand is the model for success.”
Gavin, who is getting married next month, says that he would be honored to continue to serve in the senator’s administration if she is again victorious this November. As to whether he might ever want to follow in the senator’s footsteps as a candidate for elected office, Gavin responds, “I never say ‘never,’ but at this point I’m very happy to be working at the staff level.”
How did your past jobs get you to where you are now?
“Having worked for the senator for a while now, it’s taught me the value of hard work, dedication, and the importance of being on a great team.”
If you were not working in politics, what would you be doing?
“Sportswriter for ESPN.”
Five years from now, what will it say on your business card?
“I think I’ll still be in the same business. Government and politics have always been my main interest.”
If you could have a superpower, what would it be, and why?
“The ability to hit 60 home runs in a year for the Yankees.”
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