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Kathleen C. HochulDEMDemocrat Governor
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Kathleen Hochul (HOH-kəl; née Courtney; born August 27, 1958) is an American politician serving as the 57th governor of New York since August 24, 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, she is New York's first female governor, as well as the first governor from Upstate New York since Nathan L. Miller became New York's governor in 1920.Born in Buffalo, New York, the second of six children in a family of Irish Catholic descent, Hochul graduated from Syracuse University in 1980 and received a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1984. After serving on the Hamburg town board and as deputy Erie County clerk, Hochul was appointed Erie County clerk in 2007. She was elected to a full term as Erie County clerk in 2007 and reelected in 2010. In May 2011, Hochul won a four-candidate special election for New York's 26th congressional district to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of then-Representative Chris Lee, becoming the first Democrat to represent the district in 40 years. She served as a U.S. representative from 2011 to 2013. Hochul was defeated for reelection in 2012 by Chris Collins after the district's boundaries and demographics were changed in the decennial reapportionment process. Hochul later worked as a government relations executive for the Buffalo-based M&T Bank.In the 2014 New York gubernatorial election, Andrew Cuomo selected Hochul as his running mate; after they won the election, Hochul was inaugurated as lieutenant governor. Cuomo and Hochul were reelected in 2018. Hochul took office as governor of New York on August 24, 2021, after Cuomo resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.

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Campaign Funding

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Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
Lawyers/Law Firms$360,943
Women's Issues$227,467
Leadership PACs$196,500
Building Trade Unions$128,500
Public Sector Unions$114,000
Real Estate$105,275
Candidate Committees$97,500
Industrial Unions$95,250
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Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
The Catholic University of America
Juris Doctor
Hamburg High School
1972 - 1976
Syracuse University
Bachelor of Arts political science
1976 - 1980
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
State of New York
2021 - Current
Lieutenant Governor
State of New York
2015 - 2021
United States House of Representatives
2011 - 2013
Former Member
Hamburg Town Council
Deputy County Clerk
Erie County
2007 - 2011
Former Legal Counsel
Senator Patrick Moynihan
Former Legal Counsel
Congressperson John LaFalce
Former Vice President for Strategic Relationships
Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company (M&T Bank)
Other Experience1 - 8 of 8
Governor Cuomo's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction
New York State Workforce Investment Board
Kathleen Mary House
Regional Economic Development Councils
New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission
Village Action Coalition
Hamburg Town Board
Board of Trustees, Immaculata Academy