Who is New York Governor Kathy Hochul?

KATHY Hochul was known as the Lieutenant Governor of New York under Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The Buffalo native became the first female governor of New York State in August 2021, following Gov. Cuomo's shocking resignation.

Who is Kathy Hochul?

Hochul is an attorney by trade and was first elected to state-wide office in 2015.

She's a 63-year-old mother of two and a career politician, first getting her start as an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Hochul then was elected to the board of Hamburg, a small town with a population of less than 60,000 just south of Buffalo.

While she was still on the board, Hochul became the deputy clerk of Erie County in 2003.

In 2005, she then became the county clerk and held onto the position until 2011, when she won a special election to become a Congressional Representative.

She served one term before losing her seat to Chris Collins, the former Erie County executive who pled guilty to insider trading.

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Kathy Hochul has held the position since 2015Credit: Getty

How did she become lieutenant governor?

After she lost reelection, she was tapped by Cuomo in 2014 as his running mate.

She easily won the election that year but had a harder time with her second go-around.

In 2018, she narrowly beat then-New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams in the primary, just a few weeks after Cuomo had spoken with her to run for Congress again instead of on his ticket.

Although a Democrat, she's further right than her party's peers.

During her 2012 Congressional race, the NRA endorsed her, one of a seldom few Democrats to have been endorsed by the gun lobby.

When did Kathy Hochul become governor?

Cuomo's resignation went into effect on August 24, 2021, 14 days following his announcement.

Hochul became New York state governor the same day.

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