|69th Governor of Ohio|
January 10, 2011
|Preceded by||Ted Strickland|
|Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget|
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
|Preceded by||Martin Sabo|
|Succeeded by||Jim Nussle|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2001
|Preceded by||Bob Shamansky|
|Succeeded by||Pat Tiberi|
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 15th district
January 3, 1979 – January 13, 1982
|Preceded by||Robert O'Shaughnessy|
|Succeeded by||Richard Pfeiffer|
|Born||John Richard Kasich
May 13, 1952
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Mary Lee Griffith (1975–1980)
Karen Waldbillig (1997–present)
|Alma mater||The Ohio State University|
John Richard Kasich (//; born May 13, 1952) is the 69th and current Governor of Ohio. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 12th congressional district from 1983 to 2001. He was a commentator on Fox News Channel, hosting Heartland with John Kasich (2001-2007); he also worked as an investment banker, as managing director of Lehman Brothers's Columbus, Ohio office (until the firm collapsed in 2008).
Early life, education, and family 
Kasich was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, an industrial town near Pittsburgh. He was the son of Anne and John Kasich, who worked as a mail carrier. Kasich is of Croatian ancestry. After attending public schools in McKees Rocks, Kasich enrolled at The Ohio State University, where he joined the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Ohio State in 1974. Kasich originally worked as a researcher for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. From 1975 to 1978, he served as an administrative assistant to then-state Senator Buz Lukens.
Kasich was raised as a Roman Catholic, but converted to evangelical Protestantism after his parents were both killed in an automobile crash in 1987. However, he does not identify himself with the Christian right.
Kasich was married to Mary Lee Griffith from 1975 to 1980, had no children with her, and Griffith has campaigned for him post-divorce. He is currently married to his second wife, Karen, and they have twin daughters, Emma and Reese.
Kasich has authored three books. Courage is Contagious was published in 1998 and made the New York Times bestseller list. His second book, Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul was published in 2006. Kasich's most recent book, Every Other Monday, was also a New York Times bestseller.
Early political career 
In 1978, Kasich was elected to the Ohio Senate, representing the 15th district, after defeating Democratic incumbent Robert O'Shaughnessy with 56% of the vote. At age 26, Kasich was the youngest person ever elected to the Ohio Senate. One of his first acts as a state senator was to refuse a pay raise.
U.S. House of Representatives (1983-2001) 
In 1982, Kasich ran for Congress in Ohio's 12th District, based in Columbus, Ohio. He won the Republican primary with 83% of the vote, and defeated incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Bob Shamansky in the general election by a margin of 50%–47%. Kasich was re-elected eight times after 1982, winning at least 64% of the vote each time.
In 1994, Kasich was one of the Republican leaders to support a last-minute deal with President Bill Clinton to pass the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. After a series of meetings with Clinton's Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta, who was also a long-time friend of Kasich, the assault weapons ban was passed when 42 Republicans crossed party lines and voted with the Democrats to ban assault weapons. Kasich's support of the assault-weapons ban angered the National Rifle Association, which gave Kasich an "F" rating during the 1990s as a result.
During his Congressional career, Kasich was considered a fiscal conservative, taking aim at programs supported by Republicans and Democrats. Kasich worked with Rep. Ron Dellums to cut spending on the B-2 Bomber, and with Ralph Nader in seeking to reduce corporate tax loopholes.
During the 1996 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Bob Dole was reported to have considered Kasich as a vice presidential running mate but instead selected Jack Kemp, a former congressman and HUD Secretary. During his 1996 re-election campaign Kasich's Democratic opponent in his House race, Cynthia Ruccia, made comments apparently questioning Kasich's sexuality in an attempt to damage him with conservative voters. Ruccia raised the question of the propriety of bachelor Kasich sharing a Washington townhouse with his male chief-of-staff for several years while the staffer drew a large government salary. He won the 1996 election anyway.
In 1994, Kasich was called in by Republicans who supported Clinton's Omnibus Crime Bill of 1994 to assist in helping to reduce the overall cost. His support of the bill helped it pass the House, but provisions that outlawed some firearms did not win him fans among gun rights supporters. Many of his constituents were upset that he promised to oppose gun control during his previous election, then voted in favor of it.
Committee assignments 
In 1993, he became the Ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee where he authored an alternative to Clinton's deficit reduction plan that he presented as relying on spending reductions rather than tax increases. Later that year, the Penny-Kasich Plan, which proposed $103 billion in cuts to federal spending over 5 years, including a politically risky reduction of Medicare payments for recipients who earn $75,000 or more in adjusted gross income, failed by only six votes.
In 1995, when Republicans gained the majority in the United States Congress, Kasich was selected to become Chairman of the House Budget Committee. As Chairman, Kasich worked towards balancing the Federal Budget, and was the chief architect of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. As Chairman of the Budget Committee, Kasich claimed credit for the only U.S. Budget Surplus since 1969.
In 1995, when Kasich assumed the position of Budget Chairman, the U.S. Federal Budget had a deficit of roughly -$163 billion, and upon the conclusion of his tenure as Budget Chairman, the U.S. Federal Budget had a surplus of over $236 billion. Kasich claimed credit for the surplus in a budget that the GOP-controlled Congress passed into law.
Kasich also served as Chairman of the Congressional Committee on welfare reform.
2000 presidential election 
Kasich did not seek re-election in 2000, but instead decided in February 1999 to form an exploratory committee to run for President. After very poor fundraising, Kasich dropped out in July 1999, even before the Iowa Straw Poll, and endorsed Texas Governor George W. Bush.
Private sector career (2001-2009) 
After leaving Congress, Kasich went to work for Fox News, hosting Heartland with John Kasich on the Fox News Channel and guest-hosting The O'Reilly Factor, filling in for Bill O'Reilly as needed. Kasich also frequently appeared as a guest host and analyst on Hannity & Colmes (the title of which was later changed to Hannity).
Business career 
Kasich served on the board of directors for several corporations, including Invacare Corporation and Chicago-based Norvax Inc. In 2001, Kasich joined Lehman Brothers' investment banking division as a managing director. He remained at Lehman Brothers until its bankruptcy and collapse in 2008. For his work in 2007–2008, Lehman Brothers paid Kasich $182,692 for his 2008 salary, a $432,000 performance bonus for 2007, and $2,250 in other benefits.
Political activities 
Kasich "always had an independent streak", said his friend, Curt Steiner, former chief of staff to former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator George Voinovich. "He's a solid Republican, but he's always had his own views. [He's] a biological Democrat" [... his parents were Democrats]. "He came from an average background. He's in touch with people. He's not a Beltway thinker."
In early 2007, Kasich was reportedly considering making a serious run for Governor of Ohio in 2010, seeking the Republican nomination to unseat incumbent Ted Strickland. In March 2008, Kasich said that Ohio's state income tax should be "phased out." 
In 2008, Kasich was named the Honorary Chairman of Recharge Ohio, an organization with the stated purpose of electing leaders who would "get our state back on track." Kasich said that he hoped that through Recharge Ohio, he could "provide the framework necessary to allow Ohio to become a leader in economic and educational success."
2010 gubernatorial election 
On May 1, 2009, Kasich filed papers to run for Governor of Ohio against incumbent Democratic Governor Ted Strickland. He formally announced his candidacy on June 1, 2009. On January 15, 2010, Kasich announced current Ohio State Auditor Mary Taylor as his running mate.
On May 4, 2010, he won the Republican nomination for governor, having run unopposed. On November 2, 2010, Kasich defeated incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland in a closely contested race to win the governorship. He was sworn in at midnight on January 10, 2011, in a private ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. It was then followed by a ceremonial inauguration at the Ohio Theatre at noon on the same day.
John Kasich's former employer, News Corp., was accused in 2010 of making improper campaign solicitations for Kasich's campaign. The company hired attorneys to defend itself in an Ohio Elections Commission investigation, who argued that the allegations were not only baseless but also designed to have a "chilling effect" on future press coverage. The Ohio Elections Commission voted 5-0 against finding any violation by FoxNews.
Governor of Ohio (2011-Present) 
During Kasich's first year in office, the Ohio unemployment rate dropped from 9% to 7.9%. In 2011, 45,000 new jobs were created in the state of Ohio. Kasich ran on a platform of creating a better business climate. During his first year the $8 billion budget deficit was also eliminated through the creation of a balanced budget. The degree to which Ohio's economic recovery resulted mostly from Kasich's state-level policies, or, mostly from the Obama Administration's federal ones (e.g., the job-saving rescues of General Motors and Chrysler), is a matter of political debate.
In stark contrast to decreased unemployment figures (which improved faster than the national unemployment rates during the same time period), Kasich's governorship has faced scrutiny for a dramatic increase in Ohio's poverty rates. According to the U.S. Census, 14.2% of Ohioans lived below the federal poverty level in 2006-2010. More recently, 15% of Ohioans -– more than 1.8 million people -– are on SNAP (f.k.a., "food stamps"), alone; and, nearly 2.2 million live in poverty. With a total population of 11,544,951, Ohio's poverty rate currently stand at 19.05%.
Kasich has received criticism for appointing an all-white, 22-member Cabinet (containing only 5 women). Kasich responded to the perceived lack of ethnic/gender diversity in his cabinet by saying, "I don't look at things from the standpoint of any of these sort of metrics that people tend to focus on, race or age, or any of those things. It's not the way I look at things... I want the best possible team I can get."
Kasich has been undecided on the potential placement of slot machines at racetracks, although he claims to be considering this revenue option. Implementation of such a policy would make him the first governor to actually oversee operating casinos, in Ohio history. In the past, Kasich took less friendly policy positions regarding gambling, (e.g., pointing out its negative impacts on society). Some have stated that one of Kasich's earliest Executive Orders may allow video lottery terminals at racetracks.
Kasich is an opponent of the Evidence Based Model Program of his predecessor, Governor Ted Strickland, and has stated that he plans to end it. However, he has not been specific on what he would replace Ohio's educational system with.
Throughout his first gubernatorial campaign, Kasich opposed the Ohio high-speed rail project, and promised to disband it. Once governor, however, Kasich fought to keep the $400 million federal grant; but, to use all of the money on 'other' kinds of infrastructure projects, instead. However, in a letter from Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood (who served with Kasich in Congress), it was stated that the money was specifically allocated 'only' for a high-speed rail system, nothing else (which was a condition of its approval by Congress). On December 3, 2010, in a meeting with President Barack Obama, Kasich once again lobbied to use the grant money for transportation projects did not include 'high-speed' rail. Ultimately, Ohio lost out on the $400 million, all together; it was instead diverted to other states (e.g., California, Florida) that cooperative about using the grant money for its Congressionally-intended purpose.
While Kasich's predecessor Ted Strickland signed an executive order allowing collective bargaining opportunities for in-house ("domestic") child care workers, Kasich stated he would not continue those subsidies.
During a speech before Ashtabula County Republicans in March 2009, Kasich talked about the need to "break the back of organized labor in the schools," according to the Ashtabula Star Beacon. Ohio's teachers' unions supported Democrat Ted Strickland, and after Kasich's gubernatorial victory, he said, “I am waiting for the teachers’ unions to take out full-page ads in all the major newspapers, apologizing for what they had to say about me during this campaign."
Elsewhere, he said he was willing to work with "unions that make things." 
Kasich was pulled over for a traffic violation on January 11, 2008, for violating public safety, later calling the police officer who ticketed him "an idiot" even after Kasich pleaded guilty to the violation. The video of Kasich's comments was unearthed and landed on YouTube. The video of Kasich's traffic stop has also landed on YouTube.
See also 
- Election Results, U.S. Representative from Ohio, 12th District
- List of United States Representatives from Ohio
- Ohio gubernatorial election, 2010
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- Joe Hallett, Kasich gets set to run in 2010, 3/27/08
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- Gongwer News Service - Ohio (subscription required)
- Kasich pitches his $400M rail plan to Obama
- Gongwer News Service (subscription required)
- Points of division: Jobs dominate, but 'hot button' issues remain important in governor's race | Columbus Dispatch Politics
- Kasich touts reform, but few details makes districts anxious in Columbus
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- Extended Kasich Traffic Stop
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- Biography, interest group ratings, public statements, vetoes and campaign finances at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions at FollowTheMoney.org
- Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- John R. Kasich at Ohio History Central
- John Kasich collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- U.S. Representative (1983–2001)
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
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