Kathy Hochul is the 57th and first female Governor of New York State. She 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.

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. She chaired the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils, and served as co-chair of the State’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, Women’s Suffrage Commission, Child Care Availability Task Force. She also helped New York State manage the COVID-19 pandemic response, while focusing on a recovery that builds back better and more inclusive.

Since being sworn into office, Governor Hochul has confronted the pandemic head-on – by relying on a data and science-driven approach, and implementing a proactive and aggressive winter surge plan, which has helped the state to navigate the Omicron variant, while driving cases down and vaccination rates up. She’s passed legislation to strengthen New York’s nation-leading gun safety laws, make the state a global leader in the fight against climate change and speed up its transition to clean energy, protect tenants and homeowners, and bring more fairness to the criminal justice system.

Governor Hochul has also proposed a bold vision for New York’s post-pandemic future. In her State of the State speech, she declared that this was a new era for New York, and laid out a comprehensive list of policy proposals and initiatives that will help New Yorkers and their families now, while ensuring the State’s economic recovery is swift and vast.

Governor Hochul worked with the legislature to pass a state budget with a historic-level of investments in the people, places, and things that will make that happen – from healthcare workers and middle-class families to infrastructure, education, and workforce development – while funding the State’s reserves to historic levels as well.

Governor Hochul was born and raised in Buffalo. She and her
husband, Bill Hochul, are the proud parents of two children.