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Former U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul watches election returns with her husband and son on Nov. 4.
(photo by The Buffalo News)



Law School Alumna is Lieutenant Governor-Elect in New York State


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Columbus School of Law graduate Kathy Hochul, 1981, was elected to the statehouse in Albany on Nov. 4th as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate.
Hochul, who has previously served a term in the United State House of Representatives, will become the first lieutenant governor from Buffalo in 120 years.
During her acceptance remarks in New York City on election night, Hochul said her role as the number two official in the state’s government would be “extremely defined.” Among other duties, she is expected to lead 10 regional economic development councils throughout the state.
Hochul is the first Democratic woman to be elected lieutenant governor since Mary Anne Krupsak served under Gov. Hugh Carey from 1976 through ‘78.

Her political career began in Western New York as a member of the Hamburg Town Board. After winning a special election for Erie County clerk in 2007 and a full term three years later, Hochul won a surprise victory in New York’s conservative-leaning 27th congressional district in a May 2011 special election, only to narrowly lose her seat 18 months later to former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, a Republican.

Hochul and her husband, William J. Hochul, U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York, reside in the city of Buffalo where she most recently held an executive position with M&T Bank.