Andrew Cuomo’s resignation as governor of New York after a sequence of sexual misconduct accusations has turned a spotlight on his lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, who will become the primary woman to guide the nation in its 233-12 month history.
Hochul, a former Democratic congresswoman who has served as lieutenant governor since 2015, will take over from Cuomo until his third four-yr term in office ends in December 2022.
Here are some records about the 62-year-vintage Hochul:
–Cuomo requested Hochul, a rising big name in the Democratic party, to join the gubernatorial ticket in 2014 after the then-lieutenant governor, Robert Duffy said he would not seek another time period. Cuomo and Hochul gained in 2014 and, however, in 2018.
— In her position as lieutenant governor, Hochul chairs 10 monetary improvement councils that spend money on projects across the state. She co-chairs an assignment pressure to combat heroin and opioid abuse and led Cuomo’s “sufficient is enough” marketing campaign in 2015 to fight sexual assault on university campuses.
–Hochul was born in the western New York metropolis of Buffalo in 1958. The daughter of a working-elegance dad and mom, she is the second-oldest of six kids. She is married to William Hochul, who served as the U.S. legal professional for the Western District of New York from 2010 to 2016. They have children.
— She graduated from Syracuse College in 1980 and earned her regulation degree from Catholic College in Washington in 1984.
After a stint at a Washington law firm, Hochul worked as a criminal and legislative aide to John La LaFalce, a New York congressman, and then to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a towering political candidate figure in the country. At some point during her time in Congress, Hochul helped draft legislation related to marketing campaign finance and immigration reforms.
–She served 14 years as a member of the city council in Hamburg, south of Buffalo. Afterward, then-Governor Eliot Spitzer appointed her clerk in Erie County, a position she held till 2011 when she won a special election for a New York congressional district that had not gone to a Democrat in 40 years. After congressional district maps were redrawn in 2012, she lost the seat to a Republican challenger.
–Hochul has defined herself as an “unbiased Democrat.” In 2012, she turned into one of the 17 Democrats who joined with Republicans in finding U.S. legal professional Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding a few files related to a failed gun-running research known as Operation Speedy and Furious.
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