Kathy Hochul

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Kathy Hochul
Kathy Hochul.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 26
Retired Representative
In office
June 2011-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMay 24, 2011
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
Net worth$1,653,007
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website

Kathleen Courtney "Kathy" Hochul (b. August 27, 1958) was 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 ran in the newly redrawn 27th district in 2012. She was defeated by Chris Collins on November 6, 2012.[1]

David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report has said Hochul was one of the most vulnerable New York incumbents.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hochul was a "centrist Democratic follower".[3]


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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.[4]


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.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hochul served on the following committees:[6]

  • 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


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hochul voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Lobbying position after leaving office

Hochul was listed in March 2013 by USA Today as 1 of 16 former lawmakers who took on a lobbying related position after leaving office.[8] Sixteen of the 98 total lawmakers who have retired or were ousted by voters since January 2011 hold lobbying-related jobs.[8] USA Today looked at lawmakers who retired, resigned or lost their seats in the last Congress — along with the handful who left their posts during the first months of the new Congress.[8]

Despite rules in place to prevent the constant rotation of lawmakers into lobbying positions, many former lawmakers are entering into positions with either lobbying firms or trade associations.[8] Former House members are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for a year, and former senators are barred for two years.[8]

There are no restrictions, however, on providing behind-the-scenes advice to corporations and others seeking to shape federal legislation.[8] Ex-lawmakers can immediately lobby the executive branch and officials in state and local governments.[8] Many former lawmakers are taking advantage of this slight distinction, and are taking positions after their political careers end as consultants and strategists.[8]



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

Hochul ran for re-election in 2012. Because of New York's redistricting, Hochul was running in the newly redrawn 27th district.[9] She was unopposed in the Democratic and Working Families Party primaries and faced Chris Collins (R) and Megan Lavin (I) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[10] She was defeated by Chris Collins on November 6, 2012.[11]

U.S. House, New York District 27 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Collins 48.9% 161,220
     Democratic Kathy Hochul Incumbent 47.4% 156,219
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.7% 12,329
Total Votes 329,768
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"


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).[12]

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


Breakdown of the source of Hochul's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hochul lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hochul's campaign committee raised a total of $4,602,796 and spent $4,602,796.[13]


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


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hochul paid her congressional staff a total of $382,189 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hochul's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,041,015 to $2,265,000. That averages to $1,653,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[15]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hochul's net worth as of 2010 was estimated at $0, which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[16]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hochul ranked 168th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[17]

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.[18]

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Hochul has been married to her husband William for over 27 years and is the mother of Bill and Caitlin.[19]

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