Who is Kathy Hochul? Lt. gov. poised to take over

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When Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation takes effect in 14 days, it will become Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s turn to lead the Empire State. She will be the first woman to serve as governor in New York.

Hochul was born in Buffalo. She became politically active during her time in college at Syracuse University.

She led a boycott of the student bookstore over high prices.

She received a law degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1984.

Hochul became the Erie County Clerk in 2007.

She threw her hat in the ring during the 2011 special election to represent New York’s 26th Congressional District, spanning parts of Erie and Niagara counties in Washington and won.

In 2014, she became the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

She was sworn in as lieutenant governor in 2015, as Cuomo began his second term.