A lot people probably don’t know much about the figure who will soon be the state’s first woman governor. Like Cuomo, she was also born and raised Catholic. She has a law degree from Catholic University.
Here’s more, from The New York Times:
She grew up outside of Buffalo, in a Catholic family that faced economic hardships. She graduated from Syracuse University, received a law degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and entered private practice. Ms. Hochul quickly turned to government, serving as an aide to Mr. LaFalce and U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
She returned to western New York and embraced local politics, serving on the Hamburg town board and then as Erie County clerk, where she gained prominence when she challenged a plan by Gov. Eliot Spitzer to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.
In 2014, Mr. Cuomo chose Ms. Hochul as his running mate, seeking to shore up his courtship with western New York.
Their relationship, then and now, has been largely transactional. They rarely appear in public together, with Ms. Hochul fulfilling her role as his surrogate around the state in countless radio interviews, panel discussions and ribbon cuttings.
She got some attention a few years, when she joined the chorus of voices calling for Buffalo Bishop Malone to resign amid a growing sex abuse scandal.
Hochul is generally considered to be more moderate than Cuomo, and was even at one point endorsed by the NRA.
But she has also been a vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to abortion. The Tweet below is from 2018.
This fall, it is important to know who you are voting for. As a lifelong champion for Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose, I will always stand up for New York women. pic.twitter.com/jCfNfsY5Zb
— Kathy Hochul (@KathyHochul) July 12, 2018