Andrew Mark Cuomo(Dem)
Telephone:212-209-3314 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:New York, NY
Residence:New York, NY
Undergraduate education: Fordham University
Graduate education: Albany Law School
Andrew Cuomo was born in Queens, N.Y., and now lives in Westchester County. He earned a bachelor's from Fordham University and a law degree from Albany Law School.
Growing up, Cuomo developed a reputation as a street basketball player with a fascination in restoring old cars such as Mustangs and Corvettes. He also was into politics. In his early 20s, he put his legal education on hold to run the campaign of his father, Gov. Mario Cuomo.
Andrew Cuomo has worked in government service and in the private sector developing low-income housing.
He was elected New York attorney general in 2006, succeeding Eliot Spitzer, who became governor.
Cuomo was married to Kerry Kennedy, a daughter of late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, but the couple is now divorced. They have three children. Cuomo lives with his girlfriend, Food Network TV star Sandra Lee.
Andrew Cuomo led efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, create a cap on the growth in property taxes, contain state spending and establish a teacher evaluation system.
Months into his first term supporters talked about Cuomo as a potential presidential candidate in 2016. He was also criticized for increasing the secrecy of negotiations with legislative leaders and his frequent use of "messages of necessity" to suspend the three days' public review required by the constitution of sensitive bills.
He also approved a $2 billion millionaire's tax after opposing it as a candidate and signed the Legislature's redistricting plan after promising to force an independent system to redraw election districts.
He has served as New York's hard-charging attorney general, forcing reforms in the student loan industry, in consumer protection, on Wall Street and in Albany through his corruption cases involving lawmakers.
With no Democrat publicly considering a challenge, his fame made him an immediate front-runner in the 2010 race for governor.
Cuomo rose to secretary of housing and urban development in President Bill Clinton's administration, then returned to Albany and pursued overturning the so-called Rockefeller drug laws that mandated long sentences for possession of relatively small amounts of drugs and small-time dealing.
Cuomo ran for governor in 2002, but was forced to withdraw from the race before the primary because of a lack of financial and political support. He struggled that year among black and liberal voters for his challenge to H. Carl McCall, then the comptroller, who many thought would be New York's first black governor.
Cuomo also made some unpopular remarks in 2002 that led to his leaving the race. Regarding Sept. 11, Cuomo said then-Republican Gov. George Pataki had simply held the coat of then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the aftermath of the attacks — thus dismissing Pataki's widely respected work restoring order to New York, working with Giuliani and comforting victims' families and all New Yorkers.
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Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 63% (2010).
(Last updated by Michael Gormley on July 18, 2012.)