Our advisory committee is a diverse roster of elected officials and former candidates across the country. This committee provides endorsed candidates with support, mentorship and a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like to run as a mama.
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul knows firsthand the challenges mothers face running for office. She was first elected 25 years ago when her children were 4 and 5 years of age. She strongly believes that the skills she acquired balancing family, home, elective office and outside work as a lawyer gave her the resiliency that has served her well in every elected position she won — from local, countywide, Congress and now statewide. She was first elected as the 77th Lieutenant Governor of New York State in 2014. She is the only Democratic Female Lieutenant Governor to be elected to a second term.
Lieutenant Governor Hochul is President of the New York State Senate and chairs the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils, which have transformed the State’s economy and aided in the lowest unemployment rate in history.
Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Lieutenant Governor Hochul to co-chair the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat the opioid crisis in New York.
Lieutenant Governor Hochul tours main streets, visits business owners, and meets regularly with community leaders to ensure the State continues to be responsive to local concerns, while also building support for the Governor’s signature initiatives, especially those disproportionately affecting women and families, including increasing the minimum wage, paid family leave, and access to quality education and child care.
Hochul was elected as chair of the Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission and successfully spearheaded Governor Cuomo’s Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses.
The Lieutenant Governor holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a law degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She began her legal career working at a large firm in Washington, DC and later served as legal counsel and legislative assistant to Congressman John LaFalce and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
In 2006, Hochul joined her mother and aunt in establishing the Kathleen Mary House, a transitional home for victims of domestic violence.