Edward Irving Koch (December 12, 1924 – February 1, 2013) was an American politician, lawyer, political commentator, film critic, and television personality.
He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977 and as mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989. Koch was a lifelong Democrat who described himself as a “liberal with sanity”.
Who was Ed Koch?
Koch was the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants from Kozliv and Uścieczko in Eastern Galicia.
As a child, he worked as a hatcheck boy in a New Jersey dance hall.
During World War II, he served as an infantryman with the 104th Infantry Division in France.
After V-E Day, he was sent to Germany to remove Nazi public officials from their jobs.
He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946.
Ed Koch Political Career
In 1968, Koch ran for Congress in New York’s 17th congressional district. He defeated Republican Whitney Seymour Jr. and Conservative Richard J. Callahan, who partly split the conservative vote.
In 1970, he was reelected with 62% of the vote, defeating Republican Peter J. Sprague and Conservative Callahan. In 1972, he unsuccessfully ran for mayor of New York City.
After incumbent Hugh Carey announced he would not run for reelection, Koch announced his candidacy for governor of New York.
Cuomo, who had been elected lieutenant governor, an also-ran.
Koch received the party’s endorsement with 61% of the convention vote, but Cuomo won the Democratic primary.
Ed Koch wife or Partner
Koch never married, and rumors about his sexual orientation became an issue in the 1977 mayoral election with the appearance of placards and posters (disavowed by the Cuomo campaign) with the slogan “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo.” Koch denounced the attack.
Was Ed Koch married?
Ed Koch never married while he was alive.
An article was published by the New York Times in May of 2022 confirming the late mayor was a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
The outlet stated that Koch’s only long-term relationship involved the health care consultant Richard W Nathan and ended when Koch was elected mayor of the city.
Ed Koch cause of death
David Koch, the former mayor of New York City, suffered a stroke in 1987, but was able to resume his duties as mayor within a week.
In 2022, his former spokesman suggested that the anxiety he experienced amid efforts to out him during this period may have contributed to his decline in health.
Ed Koch Net worth
An exact net worth for Ed Koch was not known, though Forbes revealed his estimated value before his mayoral career as $106,890.38.
By the end of his term, Koch earned an annual salary of around $130,000. He left thousands of dollars to various people, including $500,000 to his sister and her husband.