John Kasich

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John Kasich
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Governor of Ohio
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTed Strickland (D)
Compensation
Base salary$148,886
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$21,124,447
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio, 12th District
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2001
Ohio State Senate
1983-2000
Education
Bachelor'sOhio State University (1974)
Personal
BirthdayMay 13, 1952
Place of birthMcKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
ReligionChristian
Websites
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]

Biography

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 April 21, 2007, Kasich was the host of "Heartland with John Kasich" on Fox News. 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]

Education

  • 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 looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, 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

2012

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 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.

Elections

2014

See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2014

Kasich has declared his candidacy for re-election as Governor of Ohio in the 2014 elections.[4] Kasich won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on May 6, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014.

Race background

Incumbent Republican John Kasich appeared to be vulnerable in late 2013, as it looked like he would face a primary challenge from the right and a general election made difficult by a full slate of Ohio Libertarian Party candidates. These challenges faded in early 2014, as Kasich faced no primary challengers and the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate was disqualified. Though he still faced two opponents, Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Green Party candidate Anita Rios, polling in May 2014 showed Kasich with improved ratings and a growing lead.[21]

In August 2014, The Washington Post reported on a series of setbacks for FitzGerald, including poor fundraising, a long-delayed driver's license, an unusual occurrence with a foreign trade representative and a major staff turnover.[22] These events took a heavy toll on FitzGerald's poll numbers, as Kasich's lead widened from single digits to 30 percent in September, according to a Columbus Dispatch poll.[23]

Potential candidates
See also: Ballot access requirements in Ohio

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan had been considered a strong potential Democratic candidate for the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial election, but ultimately opted against entering the race in March of 2013. He decided that challenging incumbent Gov. John Kasich (R) was not worth forfeiting his seat in the U.S. House, particularly in light of his reappointment to the influential Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress.[24] [25][26]

Tea Party primary challenge

Ted Stevenot, an Ohio Tea Party leader, had planned to announce a primary challenge to incumbent Governor Kasich.[27] In early January 2014, however, Stevenot and his running mate, Brenda Mack, decided not to challenge Kasich.[28] In his prepared statement, Stevenot said that his running mate's financial history, which had been the subject of recent critical news coverage, was not part of his consideration to withdraw.[29]

Signature controversies
Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party of Ohio had intended to file a full slate of candidates to contest each election. All of these candidates failed to make it on to the ballot because the Ohio Secretary of State threw out enough signatures to disqualify them.[30]

On March 7, 2014, the Libertarian gubernatorial ticket was stricken from the ballot, having initially gotten the Secretary of State's approval, after a legal challenge from a self-identified Libertarian voter.[31] The challenge alleged that Charlie Earl's signature-gathering effort had been led by Democrats but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted struck Charlie Earl from the ballot on a technicality instead of accepting this reasoning. He found that some of the signature gatherers had failed to properly identify their employer on the correct form and therefore threw out the signatures they had gathered.[32] The legal challenge may affect more than this one candidacy: according to Ballot Access News, "With no gubernatorial candidate on the November ballot, the party will lose its status as a qualified party," which could have consequences in future elections.[33] The Libertarian Party of Ohio failed to win an injunction against this disqualification twice at the district court level and, after a similarly unsuccessful appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for emergency relief that would have allowed Charlie Earl to appear on the May 6 primary ballot. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case.[34]On May 2, The Supreme Court rejected the petition.[35] On June 4, a petition for re-hearing before the full Sixth Circuit was rejected, leaving an appeal to the district court as the only possible source of redress.[36][37]

This is one of several complications arsing from new ballot access rules. The rules set vote thresholds that no third parties had met. They would effectively eliminate third parties from the May primary ballots. As it stands, only two Green Party and two Libertarian candidates will be in the general and all four were emergency write-in candidates, not their parties' original choices, who qualified for the general election by receiving enough write-in votes in the primary. Additionally, with no candidate for governor, the Libertarian Party of Ohio will cease to exist as a political party with ballot placement as it cannot achieve the 2 percent of votes necessary to retain its status.[34]

Green Party

Both of the Green Party's candidates were also disqualified for signature-related issues. Two alternative candidates filed to run as write-ins on the Green Party line: Anita Rios and Bob Fitrakis for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively. To get on the November ballot, Rios and Fitrakis needed to receive 500 write-in votes in the primary on May 6. They succeeded and participated in the general election.[38]

Polls

Ohio Governor's Race 2014 - Kasich vs. Fitzgerald
Poll John Kasich Ed FitzgeraldOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
February 12-17, 2014
43%38%19%+/-2.71,370
Magellan Strategies for the Liberty Foundation of America
April 14-15, 2014
47%41%12%+/-3.35857
SurveyUSA
April 24-28, 2014
46%36%18%+/-4618
Rasmussen Reports
May 7-8, 2014
45%38%17%+/-4.0750
Quinnipiac
May 7-12, 2014
50%35%14%+/-2.91,174
YouGov
July 7-24, 2014
49%43%8%+/-03,624
Qunnipiac
July 24-28, 2014
48%36%16%+/-2.71,366
YouGov
August 18, September 2, 2014
50%37%13%+/-3.02,978
Rasmussen Reports
September 8-9, 2014
50%30%20%+/-4.0780
Columbus Dispatch
September 3-12, 2014
59%29%10%+/-2.71,185
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
54%35%11%+/-32,728
The Columbus Dispatch
October 22-31, 2014
62%34%4%+/-3.31,009
AVERAGES 50.25% 36% 13.5% +/-2.97 1,536.58
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Ohio Governor's Race 2014
Poll John Kasich Ed FitzgeraldCharlie EarlNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(November 5-6, 2013)
41%41%6%13%+/-4.0595
Public Policy Polling
(December 6-8, 2013)
40%38%6%16%+/-3.11,011
AVERAGES 40.5% 39.5% 6% 14.5% +/-3.55 803
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


2010

See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2010

Kasich declared his candidacy for Governor of Ohio in June of 2009.[39] On January 14, 2010 Kasich selected Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor as his running mate.[40]

In an Ohio first, Kasich initially announced his running mate on social network website Twitter.com.[41][42] Kasich had been critical of the GOP with regard to adoption of new media and his campaign took advantage of all the major online networking sites.[43]

In January of 2010, John Kasich was ahead of incumbent Governor Ted Strickland in most major polling.[44]

On November 2, 2010, Kasich defeated incumbent Strickland in the election.[45]

Governor/Lt. Governor of Ohio, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kasich/Mary Taylor 49% 1,889,186
     Democratic Ted Strickland/Yvette McGee Brown Incumbent 47% 1,812,059
     Libertarian Ken Matesz/Margaret Ann Leech 2.4% 92,116
     Green Dennis Spisak/Anita Rios 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.[46]

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

2010

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.[47] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

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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References

  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. 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 General Assembly, "Bill Text: HB59," accessed June 12, 2014
  13. Cleveland.com, "Gov. John Kasich's budget plan unveiled in full as House Bill 59," 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, "Kasich tax proposal would further tilt tax system in favor of Ohio’s affluent," February 2013
  16. 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. Quinnipiac, "Ohio Gov Roars Past Little Known Challenger, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Life Options Outweighs Death Penalty," May 14, 2014
  22. The Washington Post, "The remarkable implosion of Ed FitzGerald," August 26, 2014
  23. Columbus Dispatch, "Ohio governor: Kasich ahead by 30 points in new poll," September 14, 2014
  24. VIndy.com, "Ryan decides not to run for governor," March 16, 2013
  25. The Plain Dealer-Sun News, "Rep. Tim Ryan considering a run for Ohio governor," April 25, 2012
  26. Plain Dealer, "Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to pass on rematch with John Kasich," January 8, 2013
  27. Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Tea party leader takes first step toward challenging John Kasich in GOP primary," January 6, 2014
  28. Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Tea Party primary challenge to Kasich fizzles," January 6, 2014
  29. Ohio Liberty Coalition, "Stevenot Decides Not to Run for Governor," January 6, 2014
  30. The Plain Dealer, "Ed FitzGerald faces only primary among statewide candidates; Libertarians fail to field full slate," March 10, 2014
  31. Akron Beacon Journal Online, "Libertarian governor candidate challenged in Ohio," March 10, 2014
  32. The Republic, "Ohio elections chief disqualifies 2 Libertarian candidates from May primary after protests," March 10, 2014
  33. Ballot Access News, "Ohio Secretary of State Removes Libertarian Party Statewide Candidates from the Libertarian Primary Ballot," March 10, 2014
  34. 34.0 34.1 Libertarian Party of Ohio v. Jon Husted, "APPLICATION FOR STAY AND EMERGENCY INJUNCTION ADDRESSED TO JUSTICE KAGAN," accessed May 2, 2014
  35. The Republic, "Ohio Libertarians' ballot plea denied at US Supreme Court, re-filed with 2nd justice," May 2, 2014
  36. Ballot Access News, "Sixth Circuit Won’t Rehear Ohio Libertarian Party Ballot Access Case," June 4, 2014
  37. Seymour Tribune, "Legal options trimmed for Libertarian Ohio governor candidate; federal court won't rehear case," June 4, 2014
  38. Ballot Access News, "Ohio Green Party Still Has Chance to Qualify its Gubernatorial Candidate for the November Ballot," March 24, 2014
  39. It's official: Kasich in governor's race
  40. Kasich Picks Ohio Auditor as Running Mate
  41. John R. Kasich on Twitter
  42. Redstate.com
  43. The GOP: Luddites or high tech?
  44. Kasich vs. Strickland
  45. "John Kasich names staff members," Dayton Business Journal, November 3, 2010
  46. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for John Kasich & Mary Taylor," accessed May 13, 2013
  47. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
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U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio
1983-2001
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Preceded by
Ted Strickland (D)
Governor of Ohio
2011-present
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