George Pataki's political career

Updated 1:22 PM ET, Thu May 28, 2015
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Former New York Gov. George Pataki announces his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination May 28 in New Hampshire. Darren McCollester/Getty Image
Pataki was raised in Peekskill, New York, and raised on his family's farm. In this photo, he speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Scott Olson/Getty Images
Pataki is a 1967 graduate of Yale University and a 1970 graduate of Columbia Law School. In the photo, he fields questions from Bruce Rastetter at the Iowa Ag Summit on March 7, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Scott Olson/Getty Images
He also served for 10 years in the New York State legislature. From left to right, Pataki and Libby Pataki attend East Hampton Library's Authors Night 2014 on August 9, 2014 in East Hampton, New York. Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Hamptons Magazine
Pataki was elected governor in 1994 and reelected twice after. From left to right, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Pataki, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City. Tim Clary-Pool/Getty Images
Pataki was the governor of New York during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and led the state during one of the toughest times in U.S. history. Former New York Governor George Pataki, center, attends the 2012 Hudson River Park Gala at Hudson River Park on May 29, 2012 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
in this photo, Pataki talks with rapper Jay-Z on the sideline as the New York Jets play against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Actor Matthew Modine and Pataki attend Solar One's Annual Revelry By The River Benefit at Solar One on June 2, 2009 in New York City. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
Pataki greets Alison and Jefferson Crowther, who lost their son, Welles, on September 11, during a news conference at the World Trade Center site June 16, 2005 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Pataki first won the office in 1994 by defeating liberal icon Mario Cuomo. In this photo, Pataki, left, and actor Robert De Niro, right, pose during a news conference to kick off the first annual Tribeca Theater Festival at Tribeca Cinemas October 13, 2004 in New York City. Scott Gries/Getty Images
Pataki has made trips to New Hampshire since expressing interest in a presidential run in January. In this photo, Pataki walks on the floor of the 2004 Republican National Convention as it gets underway August 30, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, right, and Pataki, left, announce February 6, 1997 that the governor is sending the state banking superintendent to Switzerland to meet with bank officials as part of a probe into actions during World War II. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Then-U.S. President George W. Bush, center, greets then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, left, and then-New York Governor George Pataki September 14, 2001 in New York. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
Before serving as governor of New York, he was previously the mayor of Peekskill, New York. Pataki, left, talks about Ground Zero with then-Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai January 20, 2002, at the site of the 11 September terrorist attacks, in New York. SUZANNE PLUNKETT/AFP/Getty Images
Pataki, right, and his wife Libby greet the crowd before making his acceptance speech at a nomination meeting of the 2002 New York Republican State Committee Convention May 29, 2002 in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images
After finishing up as governor of New York, Pataki became an attorney with Chadbourne & Parke and worked on renewable energy cases. Pataki, right, celebrates with former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at a luncheon during the 2002 New York Republican State Committee Convention May 29, 2002 in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Pataki, left, and then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speak to the media in the courtyard of the Solaire Building, the largest residential green building in the nation, October 16, 2006 in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Pataki and his wife Libby currently reside in Garrison, New York. They have four children, Emily, Teddy, Allison and George Owen. In this photo, Pataki, left, then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, center, and then-U.S. Vice President Al Gore, right, watch the procession of religious leaders walk into St. Patrick's Cathedral during the funeral for John Cardinal O'Connor May 8, 2000 in New York City. MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images