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John Kasich
69th Governor of Ohio
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Lieutenant Mary Taylor
Preceded by Ted Strickland
Chairperson of the House Budget Committee
In office
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
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Bob Shamansky
Succeeded by Pat Tiberi
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 15th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 13, 1982
Preceded by Robert O'Shaughnessy
Succeeded by Richard Pfeiffer
Personal details
Born John Richard Kasich
May 13, 1952 (1952-05-13) (age 66)
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Lee Griffith (1975–1980)
Karen Waldbillig (1997–present)
Alma mater Ohio State University
Religion Christian

John Kasich (born May 13, 1952) is an American politician. He is the incumbent Governor of Ohio, in office since 2011. He is a Republican. Before being governor, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Ohio Senate.

Early life

Kasich was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. His mother was of Croatian ancestry while his father was Czech. Kasich attened The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in political science. While he was in college, he met US president Richard Nixon in the Oval Office after he wrote to the president.

Early career

He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1982. Kasich became known for his role in the balanced budget of the 1990s. He was an advocate of cutting spending to make government work better for less money.

In 1998, he was the main force behind the balanced budget that was signed by President Bill Clinton. After a short lived campaign to be president, he left politics in 2001 and hosted a TV show on Fox News for a time. He also worked in banking.

Governor of Ohio (2011-present)

He came back to politics in 2010 and won the election to be governor of Ohio and defeated Ted Strickland.

After taking office he passed a law restricting the power of trade unions. This proved to be unpopular and it was repealed in an election, and it hurt Kasich's popularity. However, after this, he passed a balanced budget in Ohio, and his policies helped the state's economy greatly. He did this while cutting taxes.

Kasich became a very popular governor and won reelection by a huge margin in 2014.

2016 presidential campaign

In April, he announced the formation of his New Day For America PAC, which is the first step for a presidential run.

In May 2015, sources close to him said he was "virtually certain" to run for the Republican nomination for President.

Kasich announced his candidacy for president on July 21 at Ohio State University. He suspended his campaign on May 4, 2016.

Personal life

He is married to his wife Karen and has two daughters. Kasich is a Christian, and has been one since his parents were killed in a car crash in 1987. He lives in Westerville, Ohio, near Columbus, with his family.

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