William J. Hochul, Jr.

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William J. Hochul, Jr.
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United States Attorney for the Western District of New York
In office
March 15, 2010 – October 29, 2016
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Terrance P. Flynn
Succeeded by James P. Kennedy
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 57–58)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Kathleen Courtney (1984-present)
Children William, Caitlin
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
State University of New York at Buffalo (J.D.)

William J. Hochul, Jr. (born 1959) is an American politician who was the former United States Attorney for the Western District of New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Bill Hochul was born in Buffalo, New York in 1959.[1] He graduated from Cheektowaga Central High School in Cheektowaga, New York, just outside Buffalo.[2] Bill Hochul received a bachelor's degree from University of Notre Dame in 1981 and earned his Juris Doctor from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.[3]


Bill Hochul served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of New York from 1991 to 2010.[1] During that time, he served as Chief of the Anti-Terrorism Unit from 2002 to 2007 and as Chief of the National Security Division from 2007 to 2010.[3]

Bill Hochul was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his work as lead prosecutor of the Lackawanna Six, which resulted in the 2003 convictions of six Yemeni-American for providing material support to Al-Qaeda.[4][5]

In 2006, Bill Hochul unsuccessfully applied to a counterterrorism position at the Department of Justice's Executive Office for United States Attorneys.[4] A 2008 report by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General revealed that Bill Hochul's appointment was one of several appointments that were inappropriately blocked by Department of Justice official Monica Goodling due to political considerations.[6] The report found that Hochul was passed over in favor of "a much less experienced, but politically acceptable, attorney".[6] Bill Hochul, who has variously registered to vote as both an independent and a Democrat, is married to Kathleen C. Hochul, a longtime politically active Democrat.[6] The report concluded that Goodling found Hochul objectionable "because of his and his wife's political affiliation" and instead appointed a registered Republican who lacked counterterrorism experience and did not have the requisite five years of experience as a federal prosecutor.[6]

On December 23, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Bill Hochul to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York.[3] He was confirmed by the United States Senate by unanimous consent on March 10, 2010.[7] According to the Am-Pol Eagle, Bill Hochul is the first Polish American to serve as a federal prosecutor for Western New York State.[8]


Hochul is married to former Congresswoman and current New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul,[9] who previously served as County Clerk of Erie County, New York from 2007 to 2011.[10] Hochul has two children—William and Caitlin.


  1. ^ a b Woodrow, Stephanie (January 18, 2010). "Meet William J. Hochul Jr.". Main Justice. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gramigna, Glenn (November 26, 2008). "As political winds change, supporters wait to see if Hochul gets appointment". Am-Pol Eagle. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (December 24, 2009). "President Obama Nominates Seven U.S. Attorneys". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Ramonas, Andrew (May 21, 2010). "Buffalo's New U.S. Attorney Keeps DOJ in Sight". Main Justice. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ McCarthy, Robert J.; Herbeck, Dan (May 5, 2009). "William Hochul nominated for U.S. Attorney for WNY". The Buffalo News. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d Zremski, Jerry (July 29, 2008). "Politics blocked 2 promotions at Justice". The Buffalo News. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ Zremski, Jerry (March 12, 2010). "Hochul confirmed as U.S. attorney". The Buffalo News. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://ampoleagle.com/us-attorney-hochul-takes-office-p3603-97.htm
  9. ^ University at Buffalo Law School, Office of Alumni Relations (April 2010). "Bill Hochul '84 confirmed as U.S. attorney for Western New York". UB Law Links. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ Spina, Matthew (November 3, 2010). "Hochul Re-elected County Clerk". The Buffalo News. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Terrance P. Flynn
United States Attorney for the Western District of New York
Succeeded by
James P. Kennedy

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