John Kasich

John Richard Kasich ( born May 13, 1952 in McKees Rocks, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) is an American politician. Kasich, who is a member of the Republican Party, resigned in January 2011 to the Office as 69th Governor of the state of Ohio.



John Kasich, whose parents come from Croatia, grew up in modest circumstances as the son of a postman in a democratically dominated neighborhood approach. In 1970, at the age of 18, he began at Ohio State University to study political science. In 1974, he received his Bachelor.

Political career

First experiences in politics collected Kasich as an assistant and campaign workers of the State Senators and later congressman Buz Lukens. Kasich was elected in 1978 even at the age of only 26 years in the Senate of Ohio, and sat on it from 1979 to 1982 as a deputy in the second chamber of parliament of Ohio. In the same year Kasich ran successfully for a seat in the House of Representatives of the United States and took up his new post in January 1983. 1996, at an early stage of the presidential campaign, Kasich was possible U.S. vice presidential candidate of Bob Dole. However, Dole chose the more experienced and more widely known Jack Kemp. Kasich sat for 18 years in Congress and was eliminated in January 2001 voluntarily from the Parliament from. From 1995 to 2001 he was also Chairman of the Budget Committee.

Second Career

In 2001, Kasich was CEO of the branch of Lehman Brothers in Columbus. Shortly before the collapse of the bank, in 2008, he received bonuses paid in the amount of $ 587,000.

After his political career objective Kasich to a career in television. In 2001, he moderated on FOX politics talk show Heartland, was, however, after a few episodes the moderation on. From 2005 to 2008 he was a policy adviser in the program The O'Reilly Factor by Bill O'Reilly and Huckabee 2010 and was the moderator and also former politician Mike Huckabee and answer questions.

Also Kasich wrote three books between 1998 and 2010. His first non-fiction book Courage is Contagious proved to be advertised by the New York Times bestseller.

Governor of Ohio

In 2006 the Republican Party had intended to win Kasich for candidacy as governor of Ohio; Kasich had rejected at this time. It was not until 2009 he was able to overcome him and gave his candidacy officially announced. Early November 2010, Kasich was the election with about 49 percent of the vote just against the Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland, who could unite 46 percent of votes, decide for yourself. Then he broke Strickland 10 January 2011 as governor from; his Deputy Governor is Mary Taylor.

Private life

John Kasich has been married since 1997 to his second wife Karen Waldbillig; they are the parents of two identical twin daughters. From his first wife, Mary Lee Griffith, whom he divorced in the early 1990s. In 1996, Cynthia Ruccia, set the candidate of the Democrats for the seat in the House of Representatives, an alleged relationship with his male Kasichs chief of staff in the world. Rumors about his alleged homosexuality have stubbornly persisted since that time.