Governor of New York (2011-Present)
Andrew Cuomo (Democrat) is the Governor of New York. Cuomo was elected to the office on November 2, 2010. He was reelected to a second term in 2014 and a third term in 2018. Cuomo also ran in the 2018 election on the Independence Party, Women's Equality Party, and Working Families Party tickets. He is the 56th governor of New York.
Cuomo faced no opposition for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010. In 2014 and 2018, he faced challenges from candidates who cast themselves as progressive alternatives. Zephyr Teachout challenged him for the Democratic nomination in 2014, and Cynthia Nixon challenged him in 2018. Cuomo won around two-thirds of the vote against each challenger.
Prior to being elected governor of New York, he was the state's attorney general from 2007 to 2010. He also served in the cabinet of President Bill Clinton as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001.
Cuomo was born on December 6, 1957, in Queens, N.Y. The son of former Governor Mario Cuomo, he graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School, Fordham University, and Albany Law School. Cuomo was named a top aide to his father's inaugural campaign for governor shortly after receiving his law degree. He then joined the governor's staff as one of his father's top policy advisers, a position he filled on and off throughout the course of the senior Cuomo's 12-year governorship.
Cuomo worked two years as a New York assistant district attorney and briefly for the law firm of Blutrich, Falcone & Miller. He became active in the policy areas of homelessness and state housing policy during the 1980s and 1990s. He later created Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP), a nonprofit organization focusing on homeless initiatives. Cuomo was appointed chairman of the New York City Homeless Commission during the administration of New York City Mayor David Dinkins from 1990 to 1993.
Prior to ascending to the state's top post, Cuomo spent time at the federal level, serving as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997 and as secretary of HUD from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Returning to the state level, Cuomo served as New York attorney general from 2006 to 2010.
✓ Cuomo endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
|2016 Presidential Endorsements by Governors|
|Alejandro J. García Padilla||Hillary Clinton||June 2016||The Associated Press|
|Jerry Brown||Hillary Clinton||May 2016||Reuters.com|
|Pete Ricketts||Donald Trump||May 2016||The Washington Post|
|Mike Pence||Donald Trump||May 2016||Tribune Star|
|Phil Bryant||Donald Trump||May 2016||Politico|
|Rick Scott||Donald Trump||March 2016||NBC News|
|Mary Fallin||Donald Trump||May 2016||The Washington Times|
|Brian Sandoval||John Kasich (primary)||April 2016||CNN|
|Scott Walker||Ted Cruz||March 2016||Politico|
|Gary R. Herbert||Ted Cruz (primary)||March 2016||The Hill|
|Susana Martinez||Marco Rubio (primary)||March 2016||Politico|
|Paul LePage||Donald Trump||February 2016||Politico|
|Chris Christie||Donald Trump||February 2016||CNN|
|Butch Otter||John Kasich||February 2016||CNN|
|Greg Abbott||Ted Cruz||February 2016||CNN|
|Asa Hutchinson||Marco Rubio||February 2016||CNN|
|Nikki Haley||Marco Rubio||February 2016||CNN|
|Sam Brownback||Marco Rubio||February 2016||CBS News|
|Jay Inslee||Hillary Clinton||November 2015||Seattle Times|
|Jay Nixon||Hillary Clinton||November 2015||KBIA Mid-Missouri Public Radio|
|Jack Markell||Hillary Clinton||October 2015||delawareonline|
|John Hickenlooper||Hillary Clinton||October 2015||Denver Post|
|Maggie Hassan||Hillary Clinton||September, 2015||Patch|
|Mark Dayton||Hillary Clinton||November 2013||Politics Minnesota|
|Andrew Cuomo||Hillary Clinton||April 2015||New York Observer|
|Larry Hogan||Chris Christie||July 2015||The Washington Times|
|Peter Shumlin||Hillary Clinton||May 2015||The Hill|
|Terry McAuliffe||Hillary Clinton||April 2015||The Washington Post|
|Tom Wolf||Hillary Clinton||June 2015|
|Dan Malloy||Hillary Clinton||June 2015||Hartford Courant|