George Pataki

July 13, 2015
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George Pataki
Governor Pataki 2015.jpg
Fmr. Governor Pataki in April 2015
53rd Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1995 – December 31, 2006
Lieutenant Betsy McCaughey (1995–1998)
Mary Donohue (1999–2006)
Preceded by Mario Cuomo
Succeeded by Eliot Spitzer
Member of the New York Senate
from the 37th district
In office
January 1, 1993 – December 31, 1994
Preceded by Mary Goodhue
Succeeded by Vincent Leibell
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 91st district
In office
January 1, 1985 – December 31, 1992
Preceded by Bill Ryan
Succeeded by Vincent Leibell
Mayor of Peekskill
In office
Preceded by Fred Bianco
Succeeded by Richard Jackson
Personal details
Born George Elmer Pataki
June 24, 1945 (age 70)
Peekskill, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Libby Rowland
Children Emily
Alma mater Yale University (B.A.)
Columbia Law School (J.D.)
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Website Official website

George Elmer Pataki (/pəˈtɑːki/[citation needed]; born June 24, 1945) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 53rd Governor of New York (1995-2006). A member of the Republican Party, Pataki was a lawyer who was elected Mayor of his home town of Peekskill, later going on to be elected to State Assembly, then State Senate. In 1994, he ran for Governor against three-term incumbent Mario Cuomo, defeating him by over a three-point margin as part of the Republican Revolution of 1994. Pataki, succeeding a three-term Governor, would himself be elected to three consecutive terms, and was one of only three Republican governors of New York elected since 1923, the others being Thomas Dewey and Nelson Rockefeller.

In early 2015, Pataki began exploring a candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016,[2] and announced his candidacy on May 28, 2015.[3]

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