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George Pataki
Governor of New York George Pataki at Belknap County Republican LINCOLN DAY FIRST-IN-THE-NATION PRESIDENTIAL SUNSET DINNER CRUISE, Weirs Beach, New Hampshire May 2015 by Michael Vadon 08 (cropped).jpg
53rd Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1995 – December 31, 2006
Lieutenant Betsy McCaughey (1995–98)
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
George Elmer Pataki

June 24, 1945 (1945-06-24) (age 76)
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.)

George Elmer Pataki ( born June 24, 1945) is an American politician. He was the 53rd Governor of New York. A member of the Republican Party, Pataki served three consecutive four-year terms from January 1, 1995, until December 31, 2006.

Early life

Pataki was born in Peekskill, New York. He is of an Austrian-Hungarian ancestry. After graduating fom Peekskill High School, he entered Yale University in the same year as George W. Bush in 1964 on an academic scholarship and graduated in three years. While there he served as chairman of the Conservative Party of the Yale Political Union.

Governor of New York (1995-2006)

Pataki's first job in politics was mayor of his hometown of Peekskill. In 1994 he ran a campaign against Mario Cuomo for Governor of New York. Cuomo was one of the most famous politicians in the country at the time and he was an icon of liberalism in the country. Few people expected Pataki to win, but in a major upset, Pataki won the election.

He served three terms as Governor of New York State. A popular governor, Pataki became most famous for his leadership of the state after the September 11th attacks in 2001. He also focused on creating jobs in the state and creating increased parkland for New Yorkers.

2016 presidential race

Pataki had often been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. In early 2015, he began exploring a candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016, and announced his candidacy on May 28, 2015. On December 29, 2015, Pataki announced that he would be ending his Presidential campaign. A few days later, he announced his support for Marco Rubio for president. After Rubio dropped out and days before the New York primary, Pataki endorsed Ohio governor John Kasich for the nomination.

Personal life

Pataki married Elizabeth Rowland in 1973. They have four children: Emily, Teddy, Allison, and Owen.

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