George Pataki Fast Facts
Here's a look at the life of George Pataki, former Republican governor of New York.
Birth date: June 24, 1945
Birth place: Peekskill, New York
Birth name: George Elmer Pataki
Father: Louis Pataki, postman
Mother: Margaret (Lagana) Pataki
Marriage: Elizabeth "Libby" Rowland (1973-present)
Children: Emily, Teddy, Allison and George Owen
Education: Yale University, B.A., 1967; Columbia Law School, J.D., 1970
Governor of New York during the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Was an editor of the Columbia Law Review.
Speaks Spanish, French, German and some Hungarian.
He was raised on a farm that his Hungarian grandparents owned.
1974-1987 - Partner in the New York law firm Plunkett & Jaffe.
1981 - Becomes the youngest elected mayor of his hometown of Peekskill, New York.
1985-1992 - Member of the New York State Assembly, serving four consecutive terms.
1993-1995 - New York state senator for the 37th District.
January 1, 1995 - Begins his first term as the 53rd governor of New York after defeating Mario Cuomo.
1998 - Is re-elected governor of New York.
1998 - "Pataki: An Autobiography" is published.
2002 - Is re-elected governor of New York for his third and final term.
December 17, 2002 - Signs the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) into law, which protects gay and lesbian New Yorkers from workplace, housing and other discrimination in public services.
February 16, 2006 - Pataki undergoes an emergency appendectomy.
February 21, 2006 - Pataki undergoes another surgery to alleviate a blockage in his digestive system.
2007 - Joins the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke, focusing on environmental matters. Chadbourne & Parke later merges with Norton Rose Fulbright.
April 2010 - Announces the formation of Revere America, a political action committee fighting against President Barack Obama's health care legislation.
December 29, 2015 - Announces he is ending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
April 14, 2016 - Pataki announces he is endorsing GOP presidential candidate John Kasich.