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William Joseph Hochul,, American federal prosecutor. Recipient Attorney General’s award for Exceptional Service, United States Department Justice, 2003, Service to America award, 2003, Special Achievement award, United States Department Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency, 2008, Distinguished Leadership award, 2008.


Hochul,, William Joseph was born in 1959 in Buffalo.


Bachelor cum laude, University Notre Dame, Indiana, 1981. Juris Doctor, State University of New York Buffalo School Law, 1984.


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. Bill Hochul served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of New York from 1991 to 2010. 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.

In 2006, Bill Hochul unsuccessfully applied to a counterterrorism position at the Department of Justice's Executive Office for United States Attorneys. 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. The report found that Hochul was passed over in favor of "a much less experienced, but politically acceptable, attorney".

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. On December 23, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Bill Hochul to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York. He was confirmed by the United States Senate by unanimous consent on March 10, 2010.

According to the Am-Pol Eagle, Bill Hochul is the first Polish American to serve as a federal prosecutor for Western New York State. Hochul is married to former Congresswoman and current New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who previously served as County Clerk of Erie County, New York from 2007 to 2011. Hochul has two children—William and Caitlin.


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.