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[[Image:Cynthia garret|200px|Cynthia Burgess]]
Portrait of Cynthia Burgess

United States Senator from New York
January 3, 2011 – Incumbent

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 25th district
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011

Born: Cynthia Marie Burgess

March 10, 1969 (age 47)
Albany, New York, U.S.

Political Party: Democratic party
Religion: Agnostic (born Roman Catholic)
Profession: Teacher
Cynthia Marie Burgess (born March 10, 1969) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New York, in office since 2011. Previously, she served in the United States House of Representatives, representing New York's 25th district (2007-11). She is a member of the Democratic party.

In early 2016, she became the second candidate but only woman to announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President.

Burgess took the opportunity to run for Chuck Schumer's open senate, as his term limits restricted him from running for a third term of office. In November 2010, she won with 72% of the vote the highest margin for any statewide candidate in New York.

A member of the Democratic Party's relatively Green party faction while in the House, Burgess has been seen as a progressive since her election to the Senate. In both cases, her views were significantly defined by the respective constituency she served at the time—a conservative congressional district versus the generally liberal state of New York. For example, while quiet on the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy when she was in the House, during her first 18 months in the Senate, Burgess was an important part of the successful campaign to repeal it.

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