Republican Presidential Candidate George Patkai
Former three-term governor of New York, George Pataki, brought conservative solutions to a state in crisis, revived the economy and led through the worst terrorist attack on American soil. As Governor, he inspired people of all backgrounds to work together and believe in a better future.
Pataki grew up in upstate New York working on the family farm where he learned the power of discipline, community, and hard work. His grandparents were immigrants. His father was a postman and volunteer fire chief. George’s mother turned down a college scholarship in order to continue working to help support her family, but she was determined that her sons would go to college. George worked year round to afford tuition at Yale University where he led the school’s Conservative Party. After graduating Columbia Law School, Pataki practiced law, and was later elected mayor of Peekskill. From there, his public service continued, and he went on to serve as State Assemblyman, State Senator, and three terms as New York State 53rd Governor. He is currently Of Counsel with Chadbourne and Parke LLC, and president of his own small business, The Pataki-Cahill Group, that works in energy, infrastructure, and clean-tech.
George met his wife Libby Pataki body surfing in a hurricane and the two have been married for forty-one years. They have four children; Emily, Teddy, Allison, and Owen and two dogs named Balto and Bradley. Emily is a former attorney currently focusing on raising her children. Teddy served as a Marine officer in Iraq, works for the Knights of Columbus, and is a father. Allison is a historical fiction novelist, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor’s Wife and The Accidental Empress, and their youngest son, Owen, is an Army officer who recently returned from Afghanistan and will attend grad school for film.
To learn more about George Pataki, please visit www.GeorgePataki.com.