U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand put in a 13-hour day in the House the day before giving birth to her son on Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, the House passed the Farm Bill, Gillibrand passed an amendment in the Armed Services Committee and the last vote of the night happened just before 8 p.m.
The 41-year-old congresswoman delivered a baby boy shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday. Henry Nelson Gillibrand weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches long.
The Democrat from Hudson and her husband, Jonathan Gillibrand, had their second son at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Both mother and baby are healthy, said Gillibrand spokeswoman Rachel McEneny. “The baby’s perfect,” she said.
Gillibrand is the sixth congresswoman to give birth while in office. Women with young children are part of a loose network of “Congress Moms,” McEneny said.
The couple’s older son, Theo, is 4 years old and attends day care when his parents are working. He was 3 years old when his mother was sworn in to office a year and a half ago.
Gillibrand is not sure when she’ll return to work. McEneny said it depends on how the baby adjusts and how well he sleeps.
“Fortunately, the congresswoman rents a little townhouse apartment close to Capitol Hill,” McEneny said. “She’s going to work very hard to make many of the important bills.”
Gillibrand also is looking forward to getting back to the 20th District, which she last visited about four weeks ago for a town hall meeting in Rensselaer County. Commercial airlines won’t let women fly during their last month of pregnancy, McEneny said.
Gillibrand held conference calls with different organizations during that last month even though she couldn’t travel.
Her family and her husband’s parents from England were there for the birth, McEneny said. “They’re going to be helping out throughout the campaign.”
Gillibrand doesn’t face a primary opponent and hasn’t done any campaigning so far.
“When the Republican Party decides on a candidate, the congresswoman will be prepared and will campaign,” McEneny said.
Republicans Alexander “Sandy” Treadwell, Michael Rocque and John Wallace will face off in a September primary. Treadwell has the Republican Committee’s endorsement.