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John Kasich
John R Kasich.jpg
Governor of Ohio
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorTed Strickland (D)
Base salary$148,886
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$21,124,447
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio, 12th District
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2001
Ohio State Senate
Bachelor'sOhio State University (1974)
Date of birthMay 13, 1952
Place of birthMcKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
John Richard Kasich (b. May 13, 1952 in McKees Rocks, PA) is the 69th and current Governor of Ohio. A Republican, he was first elected on November 2, 2010 and assumed office on January 10, 2011. In the race, Kasich defeated incumbent Ted Strickland (D) by some 77,000 votes.[1] His win led the 2010 Republican sweep of statewide offices in Ohio.[2]

Before his election to the buckeye state's top seat, he served in the Ohio State Senate from 1979-1983 and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983-2000. He made an unsuccessful bid for President in 2000.[3]

Kasich has stated his intention to seek a second term as governor in 2014.[4] He has also been named as a contender for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Elected by a strong conservative base, including support from tea party groups, Kasich drew their fury in February 2013 when he announced he would expand Medicaid in the state using federal money, possibly hurting his re-election chances.[5][6]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Kasich as the 23rd most conservative governor in the country.[7]


Kasich grew up in McKees, Pennsylvania, first moving to Ohio to attend college. There, he joined the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and studied political science.

After graduating, he joined the Ohio Legislative Services Commission, moving over to work directly for Buz Lukens, a state Senator at the time, for three years before beginning his own political career.

From 2001 through 2007, John Kasich was a Fox News Channel host and contributor. His show "Heartland with John Kasich" was on Fox News from 2001 to April 21, 2007. During that time he was also a frequent guest host on "The O'Reilly Factor," and contributor to a variety of Fox News programs including "Hannity and Colmes."[8]


  • B.A. Ohio State University (1974)

Political career

Governor of Ohio (2011-present)

Kasich has served as Governor of Ohio since January 10, 2011. He was elected on November 2, 2010.

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Kasich was ranked number 26. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[9][10]

Tax reform

Kasich made tax reform a priority for 2013.[11] On February 12, 2013, Representative Ron Amstutz introduced House Bill 59, Kasich's proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget. Among other things, this bill proposed significantly altering the Ohio tax system.[12] The bill would cut the business income tax by 50 percent and the personal income tax by 20 percent. The bill would also decrease the state sales tax from 5.5 to 5 percent while making more services subject to the state income tax. Further revenue would be raised by changing the state tax on oil drilling companies from $0.20/barrel to 4 percent, although it would be eliminated for smaller companies.[13] Noting in its technical review of HB 59 that previous attempts in other states to significantly expand the sales tax base had failed for a variety of reasons, the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP found that Kasich's "ambitious" tax reforms would hit Ohio businesses most directly and hardest although individual consumers will bear the brunt of these new taxes in the form of higher prices for the things they typically buy and use."[14] The progressive think tank Ohio Policy Matters strongly criticized Kasich's income and sales tax reforms and calculated the proposal would result in a tax cut of $10,369 for the top 1 percent of income earners and tax increase of $63 for the bottom 1 percent.[15] The Ohio Liberty Coalition, a coalition of Ohio Tea Party groups, opposed Kasich's proposed tax increases for oil companies.[16] Upon its introduction by Amstutz, the bill was referred to the Finance and Appropriations Committee.

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Kasich endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [17]

U.S. House of Representatives (1983-2001)

Kasich served 9 terms in the House, from 1983 through 2001. In 1996 Bob Dole considered Kasich a potential running-mate for his presidential bid, ultimately choosing instead to run with Jack Kemp.[18]

In 1993, Kasich was the Ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee. Kasich co-authored the Penny-Kasich Plan, an alternative deficit reduction bill to President Bill Clinton's plan. The bill failed by only six votes.[19]

Kasich was chair of the congressional committee on welfare reform in 1994. Kasich assisted Republicans who supported President's Clinton's Omnibus Crime Bill of 1994 in designing ways to reduce the bill's cost, thereby helping it pass the House. His support of the bill put him at odds with gun rights advocates and much of the Republican base.[20]

Ohio State Senate (1978-1982)

Kasich began his career in politics as a legislative aide to Ohio State Senator Donald Lukens. In 1978 he was elected to the Ohio State Senate. He served through 1982, when he was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.



See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2014

Kasich has declared his candidacy for re-election as Governor of Ohio in the 2014 elections.[4]The general election will take place on November 4, 2014.


See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2010

Kasich declared his candidacy for Governor of Ohio in June of 2009[21]. On January 14, 2010 Kasich selected Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor as his running mate.[22]

In an Ohio first, Kasich initially announced his running mate on social network website Twitter.com.[23][24] Kasich has been critical of the GOP with regard to adoption of new media. His campaign takes advantage of all the major online networking sites.[25]

In January of 2010, John Kasich was also ahead of incumbent Governor Ted Strickland in most major polling.[26]

On November 2, 2010, Kasich defeated incumbent Strickland in the election.[27]

Governor of Ohio, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kasich 49% 1,889,186
     Democratic Ted Strickland Incumbent 47% 1,812,059
     Libertarian Ken Matesz 2.4% 92,116
     Green Dennis Spisak 1.5% 58,475
     Write-In David Sargent 0% 633
Total Votes 3,852,469
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kasich is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kasich raised a total of $21,124,447 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.[28]

John Kasich's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio Governor/Lt. Gov Not up for election $2,775,956
2010 Ohio Governor/Lt. Gov Won $18,348,491
Grand Total Raised $21,124,447


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of John Kasich's donors each year.[29] Click [show] for more information.


After losing both his parents in a 1987 auto accident, Kasich converted from Roman Catholicism to evangelical Christianity. He is amicably divorced from his first wife, Mary Lee Griffith, and has been married to Karen Waldbillig since 1997. Together, they have two daughters.

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  1. Ohio Secretary of State, "Governor and Lieutenant Governor: November 2, 2010," Accessed July 2, 2013
  2. Ohio.com, " Republican sweep statewide offices," November 3, 2010
  3. [http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/27017/john-kasich#.UdMSh22-Fr0 Project Vote Smart, " Governor John Richard Kasich's Biography," accessed July 2, 2013]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Columbus Dispatch, "Kasich focused on his own re-election bid," November 8, 2012
  5. Politico, "John Kasich’s Obamacare flip burns conservatives," February 4, 2013
  6. National Journal, "Tea Party Groups Clash With Kasich in Ohio," May 3, 2013
  7. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  8. John Kasich at IMDB
  9. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  10. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  11. Wall Street Journal, "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013
  12. Ohio House Bill 59 information page, accessed February 25, 2013
  13. Brandon Blackwell, Cleveland Plain Dealer, "http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/02/post_42.html," February 12, 2013
  14. Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, "State and Local Tax Alert: Ohio Tax Reform Bill Introduced - House Bill No. 59," February 15, 2013
  15. Ohio Policy Matters, Tax Policy, "Kasich tax proposal would further tilt tax system in favor of Ohio’s affluent," February 2013
  16. Jason Hart, Media Trackers, "Ohio Liberty Coalition Bashes Gov. Kasich’s Tax Hike Talk," February 20, 2013
  17. Examiner.com, "Ohio Gov., Lt. Gov. endorse Romney, but Kasich won't be with Romney in Lorain," April 19, 2012
  18. The Last Cookie On The Plate
  19. Richard Lacayo, Time Magazine, Remember the Deficit?
  20. It oughta be a crime - Omnibus Crime Bill of 1994, National Review, 9/12/1994
  21. It's official: Kasich in governor's race
  22. Kasich Picks Ohio Auditor as Running Mate
  23. John R. Kasich on Twitter
  24. Redstate.com
  25. The GOP: Luddites or high tech?
  26. Kasich vs. Strickland
  27. "John Kasich names staff members," Dayton Business Journal, November 3, 2010
  28. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for John Kasich & Mary Taylor," accessed May 13, 2013
  29. Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ted Strickland (D)
Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by