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John Kasich

John KasichAKA John Richard Kasich, Jr.

Born: 13-May-1952
Birthplace: McKees Rocks, PA

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Matter of Dispute [1]
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Ohio

Ohio state legislator and investment banker elected to US Congress for nine terms beginning in 1983, succeeding Bob Shamansky. Conservative Republican; generally anti-abortion rights, anti-gay rights, pro-death penalty, pro-gun rights. Key sponsor of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Supported 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, 1991 Gulf War resolution, 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill, 1998-99 Clinton impeachment. Did not seek re-election in 2000, and succeeded in Congress by Pat Tiberi.

Dabbled with a Presidential campaign in 2000, and again in 2015. Worked for Fox News for several years. Elected Governor of Ohio in 2010, succeeding Ted Strickland. Campaigned calling for elimination of Ohio's state income tax, and scuttling of a planned high-speed rail project. Last name rhymes with "basic."

[1] Persistent rumors of homosexuality dating back to the mid 1990s. Karen Tumulty, "The Baiting Game", Time 14 October 1996: "For almost 14 years it had passed without comment that the local Congressman, John Kasich, the powerful chairman of the House Budget Committee, stretches his paycheck by sharing a Virginia town house for the two or three nights a week that Congress is in session. His housemate? His male chief of staff. Last month Cynthia Ruccia, Kasich's Democratic challenger, called for a Justice Department investigation of what she said was 'a serious appearance of impropriety' because Kasich, who is divorced, lived with someone whose government salary he controls."

Father: John Kasich, Sr. (mailman, d. 20-Aug-1987 drunk driver)
Mother: Anne (postal clerk, d. 21-Aug-1987 drunk driver)
Brother: Richard ("Rick")
Sister: Donna
Wife: Mary Lee Griffith (m. 1975, div. 1980, no children)
Wife: Karen Waldbillig Kasich (hospital communications consultant, m. 22-Mar-1997)
Daughter: Emma (twin, b. Jan-2000)
Daughter: Reese (twin, b. Jan-2000)

    High School: Sto-Rox High School, McKees Rocks, PA (1970)
BA Political Science, Ohio State University (1974)

    Governor of Ohio (2011-)
    Lehman Brothers Managing Director, Investment Banking Division (2001-08)
    US Congressman, Ohio 12th (1983-2001)
    Ohio State Senate (1979-83)
    Congressional Staff to Rep Buz Lukens (1974-78)
    Member of the Board of Invacare (2001-)
    Member of the Board of Instinet
    Member of the Board of Worthington Industries (2001-)
    American Legislative Exchange Council
    Caring Institute Honorary Trustee
    Pioneer PAC
    Washington Legal Foundation National Board of Advisors
    Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity
    Croatian Ancestry

    The Heartland with John Kasich Host (2001-07)
    The O'Reilly Factor Occasional Guest Host (2005-08)
    Fox News Channel (2001-08)

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Author of books:
Courage is Contagious (1998, non-fiction)
Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul (2006, non-fiction)
Every Other Monday: 20 Years of Life, Lunch, Faith, and Friendship (2010, non-fiction)

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