Kathy Hochul

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Kathy Hochul
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U.S. House, New York, District 26
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 24, 2011
First electedMay 24, 2011
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Clerk of Erie County, New York
Deputy Clerk of of Erie County, New York
Bachelor'sSyracuse University
J.D.Catholic University
Date of birthAugust 27, 1958
Place of birthBuffalo, New York
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Kathleen Courtney "Kathy" Hochul (b. August 27, 1958) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Hochul was elected by voters from New York's 26th congressional district. Due to New York's redistricting, she is running in the newly redrawn 27th district in 2012.

David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report has said Hochul is one of the most vulnerable New York incumbents.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hochul is a "centrist Democratic follower".[2]


Hochul was born in Buffalo, New York. She earned a B.A. from Syracuse University in 1980 and a J.D. from Catholic University in 1983.[3]


Upon earning her J.D., Hochul worked as an attorney in private practice. She served as aide to United State Representative John LaFalce from 1984 to 1986, as aide to United States Senator Patrick Moynihan from 1986 to 1988, as Deputy Clerk of Erie County, New York from 2003 to 2007, and as Clerk of Erie County, New York from 2007 to 2011. She was elected by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Christopher Lee in 2011.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hochul serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats & Capabilities
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
  • Homeland Security Committee
    • Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications


Political positions

Specific Votes

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Kathy Hochul voted with the Democratic Party 84.2% of the time, which ranked 169th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[6]



See also: New York's 27th congressional district elections, 2012

Hochul is running for re-election in 2012. Because of New York's redistricting, Hochul is running in the newly redrawn 27th district.[7] She was unopposed in the Democratic and Working Families Party primaries and faces Chris Collins (R) and Megan Lavin (I) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8]


On May 24, 2011, Hochul was elected to the United States House by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Christopher Lee. She also ran on the Working Families ticket. She defeated Jane L. Corwin (R, running also on the Conservative Party and Independence Party tickets), Jack Davis (Tea Party), and Ian L. Murphy (Green Party).[9]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 26 Special Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Hochul 47.2% 52,713
     Democratic Jane L. Corwin 42.3% 47,187
     Tea Party Jack Davis 9% 10,029
     Green Ian L. Murphy 1.1% 1,177
     Blank/Scattering 0.4% 491
Total Votes 111,597

Campaign donors


As Hochul was elected in a special election, OpenSecrets does not have her financial information publicly listed.

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Hochul has been married to her husband William for over 27 years and is the mother of Bill and Caitlin.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Lee
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 26
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Clerk of Erie County, New York
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Deputy Clerk of of Erie County, New York
Succeeded by