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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Kathy Hochul (Democratic Party) is the Lieutenant Governor of New York. She assumed office on January 1, 2015. Her current term ends on January 1, 2023.

Hochul (Democratic Party) ran for re-election for Lieutenant Governor of New York. She won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Hochul also ran in the 2018 election as an Independence Party and Women's Equality Party candidate. She ran on a joint ticket with the gubernatorial nominee, Andrew Cuomo (D). She is the 77th Lieutenant Governor of New York.

She was first elected on November 4, 2014, on a Democratic ticket with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Hochul succeeded Robert Duffy.

Hochul previously served in the U.S. House from 2011 to 2012. She won a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rep. Chris Lee (R) in 2011. She lost her re-election bid in 2012 to Chris Collins (R).

Hochul was born in Buffalo, New York. She earned a B.A. from Syracuse University in 1980 and a J.D. from Catholic University in 1983. Hochul worked as an attorney in private practice. She also served as an aide to Rep. John LaFalce (D) from 1984 to 1986, as an aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D) from 1986 to 1988, as Deputy Clerk of Erie County in New York from 2003 to 2007, and as Clerk of Erie County from 2007 to 2011.

Education

  • JD, Catholic University, Washington, DC, 1983
  • BA, Political Science, Syracuse University, 1980

Professional Experience

  • JD, Catholic University, Washington, DC, 1983
  • BA, Political Science, Syracuse University, 1980
  • Former Legal Counsel/Legislative Assistant, Congressperson John LaFalce
  • Former Vice President for Strategic Relationships, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company (M&T Bank)
  • Former Legal Counsel/Legislative Assistant, Senator Patrick Moynihan
  • Deputy County Clerk, Erie County, 2007-2011

Political Experience

  • JD, Catholic University, Washington, DC, 1983
  • BA, Political Science, Syracuse University, 1980
  • Former Legal Counsel/Legislative Assistant, Congressperson John LaFalce
  • Former Vice President for Strategic Relationships, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company (M&T Bank)
  • Former Legal Counsel/Legislative Assistant, Senator Patrick Moynihan
  • Deputy County Clerk, Erie County, 2007-2011
  • Lieutenant Governor, State of New York, 2014-present
  • Former Member, Hamburg Town Council
  • Candidate, Lieutenant Governor of New York, 2018
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2011-2013
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 27, 2012

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Catholic University, Washington, DC, 1983
  • BA, Political Science, Syracuse University, 1980
  • Former Legal Counsel/Legislative Assistant, Congressperson John LaFalce
  • Former Vice President for Strategic Relationships, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company (M&T Bank)
  • Former Legal Counsel/Legislative Assistant, Senator Patrick Moynihan
  • Deputy County Clerk, Erie County, 2007-2011
  • Lieutenant Governor, State of New York, 2014-present
  • Former Member, Hamburg Town Council
  • Candidate, Lieutenant Governor of New York, 2018
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2011-2013
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 27, 2012
  • Chair, Governor Cuomo's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, present
  • Chair, New York State Workforce Investment Board, present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Immaculata Academy
  • Member, Hamburg Town Board
  • Chair, New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission
  • Chair, Regional Economic Development Councils
  • Co-Founder, Village Action Coalition
  • Co-Founder, Kathleen Mary House, 2006

Other Info

  • Jack

  • Steelworker; Union organizer

  • Pat

Elections

2018


General election
General election for Lieutenant Governor of New York

Incumbent Kathy Hochul (D) defeated Julie Killian (R), Jia Lee (G), Andrew Hollister (L), and Michael Volpe (Independent) in the general election for Lieutenant Governor of New York on November 6, 2018.

Kathy Hochul (D)
59.6%
3,635,340 Votes

Julie Killian (R)
36.2%
2,207,602 Votes

Jia Lee (G)
1.7%
103,946 Votes

Andrew Hollister (L)
1.6%
95,033 Votes

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Michael Volpe (Independent)
0.9%
55,441 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.1%
7,115 Votes

Total votes: 6,104,477

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor of New York

Incumbent Kathy Hochul defeated Jumaane Williams in the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor of New York on September 13, 2018.

Kathy Hochul (D)
53.4%
768,029 Votes

Jumaane Williams (D)
46.6%
669,068 Votes

Total votes: 1,437,097

Republican primary election
Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor of New York

Julie Killian advanced from the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor of New York on September 13, 2018.

Julie Killian (R)

Libertarian primary election
Libertarian primary for Lieutenant Governor of New York

Andrew Hollister advanced from the Libertarian primary for Lieutenant Governor of New York on September 13, 2018.

Andrew Hollister (L)

Green Party primary election
Green primary for Lieutenant Governor of New York

Jia Lee advanced from the Green primary for Lieutenant Governor of New York on September 13, 2018.

Jia Lee (G)

2014

Hochul first ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of New York in 2014. She won the Democratic nomination in the primary on a ticket with incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo after facing primary challenger, Tim Wu. Hochul and Cuomo won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Results

General election

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Cuomo/Kathy Hochul Incumbent 54.3% 2,069,480
Republican Rob Astorino/Chris Moss 40.3% 1,536,879
Green Howie Hawkins/Brian Jones 4.8% 184,419
Libertarian Michael McDermott/Chris Edes 0.4% 16,967
Sapient Steven Cohn/Bobby K. Kalotee 0.1% 4,963
Total Votes 3,812,708
Election results via New York State Board of Elections
Primary

Lieutenant Governor of New York, Democratic Primary, 2014

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Hochul 60.2% 329,089
Tim Wu 39.8% 217,614
Total Votes 546,703
Election results via New York State Board of Elections.

2012

Hochul ran for re-election in 2012. Because of New York's redistricting, Hochul was running in the newly redrawn 27th District. She was unopposed in the Democratic and Working Families Party primaries and faced Chris Collins (R) and Megan Lavin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012. She was defeated by Chris Collins on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, New York District 27 General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Collins 48.9% 161,220
Democratic Kathy Hochul Incumbent 47.4% 156,219
N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.7% 12,329
Total Votes 329,768
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

2011

On May 24, 2011, Hochul was elected to the United States House by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rep. Chris Lee (R). She also ran on the Working Families ticket. She defeated Jane L. Corwin (R), who also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party tickets), Jack Davis (Tea Party), and Ian L. Murphy (Green).

U.S. House, New York District 26 Special Election, 2010

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Hochul 47.2% 52,713
Republican Jane L. Corwin 42.3% 47,187
Tea Party Jack Davis 9% 10,029
Green Ian L. Murphy 1.1% 1,177
Blank/Scattering 0.4% 491
Total Votes 111,597
Speeches
Articles

Time Warner Cable News - Cuomo Hits the Campaign Trail, Hopes to Build More Support Among Women Voters

Oct. 4, 2014

By Bill Carey The governor and his lieutenant governor candidate took to a bus, cruising the Thruway from Albany, to Syracuse, to Rochester. But they were urging potential voters to refrain from voting for them as Democrats. Instead they came to urge support for the new ballot line -- the Women's Equality Party. "And we've got a ballot line that's not a party. It's just branding. It's advertising," said Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor. The Green Party candidate for governor showed up outside the Cuomo event and was prevented from going inside. The primary goal of the new party is supposedly the passage of Cuomo's 10-point women's equality platform. Hawkins argues that could already have happened. "We could have had 9 of the 10 items on the women's equality agenda, because the Senate was willing to pass it. But they held those items hostage to the 10th item, which is about abortion rights," said Hawkins. "We are going to pass the full, 10 point women's equality agenda, because no woman should live in a state that does not treat them equal. It's not happening here," said Kathy Hochul, said the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. Running mate Hochul and incumbent Cuomo continue to argue that that 10th point, making the provisions of the Roe Versus Wade decision part of state law is a vital step. "If theres' a different President and there's a different nominee on the Supreme Court, if the Supreme Court changes and if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, we want to make sure that in the state of New York we have a law that protects a woman's right to choose," said Cuomo. Cuomo lost the vote on the package this year when some in the state senate blocked if from a vote. "And when they said they wouldn't vote that's wrong. I'd rather we have an honest disagreement and they say 'no,' and it goes down, But, not to vote, means they don't want the people of this state to know how they would have voted," said Cuomo. So Cuomo promises a new showdown in the next legislative session and the potential for friction for years to come. "I am not going to leave this Earth until this state makes the statement that my three daughters are equal to any three boys, anywhere," said Cuomo. Cuomo says he's confident the battle will eventually be won. Republicans hired a small truck to pull a sign for posting outside Cuomo events Upstate on Saturday. The sign pointed to the Democratic movement for women's equality, while raising questions about what the GOP claims was inaction by top Democrats on sexual harassment cases in the state legislature.

Wine Spectator - U.S. Representative Kathy Hochul Sees Bright Future for Niagara Wines

Oct. 8, 2012

By Jennifer Fiedler Kathy Hochul, the U.S. Representative for New York's 26th congressional district, in western New York, grew up in upstate New York, worked as an attorney in Washington, D.C., and has notched time as an elected official as a County Clerk in Erie, N.Y., and on the Hamburg Town Board. She won her seat in Congress in a special election in 2011, and with it, the opportunity to represent a burgeoning wine region. Her district is home to the Niagara Escarpment AVA, which encompasses 31 wineries and shares many of the same climate and soil conditions as its more famous neighbor to the north, the Niagara Peninsula in Canada. Rep. Hochul recently spoke with Wine Spectator about how wineries can play a vital role in a state's economy, how government can create favorable conditions for wineries to flourish and which wines she drinks at home. Wine Spectator: What is the current state of the wine industry in Niagara?Kathy Hochul: It's doing exceptionally well. If you look at the agriculture and tourism sector of New York's economy, the fastest growing sector is wineries …. We're very excited about the exponential growth of the wineries we've had in the past decade [in the Niagara region]. What people don't realize is that they talk about the Canadian side of the border and what a great region that is for wine, but we share the same climate and the same soil on the U.S. side of the river. WS: What benefits--economically or culturally--does the wine industry bring to the district?KH: We have 8 million people a year come to [the Niagara Falls Park] to visit, and many of them just come for a day. We encourage them to make longer trips, and now that we have this attraction of having a wine trail throughout the region with over 31 wineries--16 right on the wine trail--that's very significant. It's having a huge economic impact, the spin-off businesses that are benefiting from it. The farms are finding ways to benefit from not just the grapegrowing, but also they are now really charming wineries and each one has a different character. People on the East Coast don't have to go across the country to have a first-rate experience visiting wineries. WS: What activities--legislative or otherwise--have you undertaken to support the wine industry in your district, or generally? Anything in process now?KH: I became a member of the wine caucus in Congress. New York is the third largest grape producer in the U.S. after California and Washington state. I know how important it is to our economy. I've also convened "wine roundtables" to talk about boosting business at the local wineries. Participants invited people from the economic development agencies in our area as well, to talk about how we can capitalize on their growth. One thing I wanted to make sure we do is make our region more accessible to foreign travelers, so I introduced a bill: the National Treasure Promotion and Investment Act. If someone is coming over from another country … we would give them priority [for a visa] if they checked that they're interested in visiting a national park or a national heritage area …. That is exactly what we have in my region with Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal. The wineries are all along that region. Our goal is to … make it easier for them to come and they will be able to take advantage of wineries that are just booming. Between the legislation and the round tables … I'm just doing whatever we can to draw attention to our area. … [Wine] is an incredible economic catalyst for our area. The direct impact of the wine and the grape juice is $3.2 billion, but if you take the overall impact of wages paid, the jobs, the tourism, it all adds up to about $7 billion statewide. A significant number. … My objective is to get people to want to come up to our area. Spend a day, spend a week in the area, stay at the little inns, visit the new culinary center in Canandaigua. A new culinary school [just opened in Niagara Falls], promoting the pairings of local wines and local agriculture. The wine industry is really the cornerstone of the upstate agricultural economy. WS: Do you drink wine on a regular basis? KH: I do enjoy wine. I tend to go more for the whites. Last night, my husband and I were sitting out in the moonlight and enjoying wine from Leonard Oakes. I had a chance to meet the family who runs it and learn about their success. It was called Blanc d'Orleans. It was really neat, one of the local grapes, Cayuga White. I'm always willing to try something new. I really do enjoy ice wine after dinner, the local novelty we have up here. We're very proud of it. WS: Do you have any anecdotes to share regarding wine and politics?KH: I invited Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta up to our district to look at our air base at Niagara Falls, and I gave him a Buffalo Bills hat that had been made here in Western New York and a bottle of our award-winning ice wine from Arrowhead Springs. The secretary is from southern California, so I said, "I don't think you have much opportunity for ice wine in your area so you must enjoy ice wine from upstate New York."

Buffalo News.com - House Approves Bill Protecting Falls Air Base

Jul. 20, 2012

By Unknown Protecting installations including the 107th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station was the aim of a House bill adopted Thursday. The Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013 included provisions prohibiting the U.S. Air Force from retiring any aircraft next year, while increasing funding for the Air National Guard personnel accounts. The move is aimed at preventing cuts, according to information from Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst. "The passage of this legislation is another step toward ensuring the future of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, which is crucial to our national security and Western New York's economy," said Hochul, who serves on both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security. "While this is an ongoing process, the bill passed tonight is another victory in our effort to protect the 107th Airlift Wing. I urge the Senate to pass the bill without delay." Earlier this year, Department of Defense officials proposed cutting more than 800 posts from Niagara Falls and the elimination of three C-130 aircraft.

Events

2020

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