(CNN) - If New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigns, Lt. Gov. David Paterson stands to become the first African-American governor of the state and the fourth in U.S. history.
Paterson, 53, is legally blind, and although documentation is scarce, it is widely believed that he would be the nation's first blind governor.
Paterson was first elected to the New York State Senate in 1985, where he represented the 30th District, encompassing Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper West Side.
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