Kathy Hochul is the 57th and first female Governor of New York State. Governor Hochul began her career in public service on her local Town Board before serving as Erie County Clerk, and then as a member of Congress for New York’s 26th Congressional District. She more recently served in statewide office as Lieutenant Governor.
From 2011 to 2013, Governor Hochul served in the U.S. House representing New York’s 26th Congressional District. She served on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, traveling to Afghanistan to confer with military leaders and meet with active duty men and women. Her focus in Congress was job creation and bridging the skills gap by bringing together business and academia, and creating opportunities for returning veterans.
As Lieutenant Governor from 2015 to 2021, she successfully spearheaded numerous initiatives and lead the administration’s economic development and job creation efforts across the state, advocating for policies that help all New Yorkers make ends meet. She also helped New York State manage the COVID-19 pandemic response and chaired the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils tasked with transforming the state’s economy by building on regional strengths through long-term strategic plans.
Governor Hochul holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a law degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She began her legal career working at a large firm in Washington and later served as legal counsel and legislative assistant to Congressman John LaFalce and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.