Kathleen Courtney Hochul is an American lawyer and politician. Hochul served as New York’s 57th governor and has held the position since August 24, 2021
. She is the Democratic Party’s first female governor and the state’s first governor from upstate New York since the 1930s.
Hochul was appointed Erie County clerk in 2007 after serving on the Hamburg town board and as deputy Erie County clerk. In 2007, she was elected to a full term as Erie County clerk and was re-elected in 2010.
Hochul won a four-candidate special election in New York’s 26th congressional district in May 2011 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of then-Representative Chris Lee, becoming the district’s first Democrat in 40 years.
She was a United States Representative from 2011 to 2013. Hochul was defeated for reelection in 2012 by Chris Collins, who modified the district’s boundaries and demographics during the decennial reapportionment process. Hochul later worked as a government relations executive for M&T Bank in Buffalo.
Andrew Cuomo chose Hochul to be his running mate in the 2014 New York gubernatorial election; after they won, Hochul was sworn in as lieutenant governor. In 2018, Cuomo and Hochul won reelection.
On August 24, 2021, Hochul was sworn in as governor of New York following Cuomo’s resignation due to allegations of sexual harassment. She is competing against Republican nominee and U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin for a full term in 2022.
How Old is Kathy Hochul?
Kathy Hochul is 63 years old. Kathy was born to John P. and Patricia Courtney on August 27, 1958.
Kathy is the second of six children. Kathy Hochul was initially named Kathleen Courtney