John Kasich


John Richard Kasich (/ˈkeɪsᵻk/ kay-sick; born May 13, 1952)[2] is an American politician and the current governor of Ohio, first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.[3] On July 21, 2015, he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States.[4][5]

Kasich served nine terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 12th congressional district from 1983 to 2001.[6] His tenure in the House included 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee and six years as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was a key figure in the passage of both welfare reform and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

In the 2010 Ohio gubernatorial election, Kasich defeated Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland.[9] He was re-elected in 2014, defeating Democrat Ed FitzGerald by 30 percentage points.


Personal life[edit] Kasich has been married twice. His first marriage was to Mary Lee Griffith from 1975 to 1980, and they had no children. Griffith has campaigned for Kasich since their divorce. Kasich and his current wife, Karen Waldbillig, a former public relations executive, were married in March 1997 and have twin daughters, Emma and Reese.[208]

Kasich was raised a Catholic, but considers denominations irrelevant, and stated that "there's always going to be a part of me that considers myself a Catholic." He drifted away from his religion as an adult, but came to embrace an Anglican faith after both his parents were killed in a car crash by a drunk driver on August 20, 1987.[209][210][211][212] Kasich has said he “doesn’t find God in church” but does belong to the St. Augustine church in Westerville, Ohio, which is part of the Anglican Church in North America, a conservative church that broke off from the Episcopal Church.[212]

Electoral history[edit] [hide]Election results[213][214] Year    Office    Election        Candidate    Party    Votes    %        Opponent    Party    Votes    %        Opponent    Party    Votes    %        Opponent    Party    Votes    %    
1982    U.S. House of Representatives    General        John Kasich    Republican    88,335    50%        Bob Shamansky    Democratic    82,753    47%        Russell A. Lewis    Libertarian    3,939    2%    
1984    U.S. House of Representatives    General        John Kasich    Republican    148,899    70%        Richard S. Sloan    Democratic    65,215    30%    
1986    U.S. House of Representatives    General        John Kasich    Republican    117,905    73%        Timothy C. Jochim    Democratic    42,727    27%    
1988    U.S. House of Representatives    General        John Kasich    Republican    204,892    80%        Mark P. Brown    Democratic    50,782    20%    
1990    U.S. House of Representatives    General        John Kasich    Republican    130,495    72%        Mike Gelpi    Democratic    50,784    28%    
1992    U.S. House of Representatives    General        John Kasich    Republican    170,297    71%        Bob Fitrakis    Democratic    68,761    29%    
1994    U.S. House of Representatives    General        John Kasich    Republican    114,608    67%        Cynthia L. Ruccia    Democratic    57,294    33%        N/A    Write-in    443    0%    
1996    U.S. House of Representatives    General        John Kasich    Republican    151,667    64%        Cynthia L. Ruccia    Democratic    78,762    33%        Barbara Ann Edelman    Natural Law    7,005    3%    
1998    U.S. House of Representatives    General        John Kasich    Republican    124,197    67%        Edward S. Brown    Democratic    60,694    33%    
2010    Governor of Ohio    General        John Kasich    Republican    1,889,186    49%        Ted Strickland    Democratic    1,812,059    47%        Ken Matesz    Libertarian    92,116    2%        Dennis Spisak    Green    58,475    2%
2014    Governor of Ohio    General        John Kasich    Republican    1,944,848    64%        Ed FitzGerald    Democratic    1,009,359    33%        Anita Rios    Green    101,706    3%


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