Kathleen C. Hochul was inaugurated as the 77th Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York on January 1, 2015. Hochul was elected with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on November 4, 2014.
Prior to her election, the Lieutenant Governor served as a Group Vice President for Strategic Relationships at M&T Bank, serving as liaison for community matters and significant economic development projects.
From 2011 to 2013, then Congresswoman Kathy Hochul served in the House of Representatives from New York’s 26th Congressional District.
Prior to her time in Congress, Hochul was the highest-ranking female elected official in Erie County while serving as County Clerk from 2007 to 2011.
The Lieutenant Governor also served 14 years as a Hamburg Town Councilmember.
The Lieutenant Governor holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a JD from Catholic University in Washington, DC. At the start of her legal career, she worked at a large firm in Washington and later as in-house counsel to a major corporation engaged in homeland security. Hochul then gave up private practice for public service. She was asked to serve as a legal counsel and legislative assistant to Congressman John LaFalce (D-NY) and later to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
In 2006, the Lieutenant Governor joined her mother and aunt in establishing the Kathleen Mary House, a transitional home for victims of domestic violence, and served on its Board of Directors. She co-founded the Village Action Coalition to help local businesses survive competition from big box stores.
Hochul has been married to her husband, Bill, since 1984, and is the mother of Will and Katie.
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