John Kasich

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John Kasich
Governor of Ohio
From: January 10, 2011-Present
Predecessor Ted Strickland
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Ohio's 12th District
From: January 3, 1983 - January 3, 2001
Predecessor Robert N. Shamansky
Successor Patrick J. Tiberi
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Waldbillig
Religion Christianity
John Kasich won Conservative of the Year 2011

John Richard Kasich (rhymes with "basic") (born May 13, 1952 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania) is the current Governor of Ohio, taking over from Democrat Ted Strickland. Kasich served as the Republican U.S. Representative from Ohio's 12th congressional district from 1983 through 2001 and was chairman of the House Budget Committee in the 1990s. He was a political ally of Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and chief architect of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Kasich went on to host the Ohio-based Heartland with John Kasich on the Fox News Channel.

John Kasich was the Conservative of the Year 2011. Kasich signed three major pro-life bills into law in 2011, and supported economic reforms also. He has also been a leader on cultural issues, speaking out against Ohio's pink drivers licenses and not backing down to the lamestream media. In December 2016, Kasich signed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, but he vetoed another, stronger bill that would have banned abortion after the first detectable heartbeat.[1] Kasich's stated reason for the veto was because he thought it was not worth signing a bill that would be challenged in court and likely found "unconstitutional."[1]

When LeBron James was routed in the NBA Finals, Kasich honored the player who defeated the former Ohioan James.

Some have criticized Kasich for allowing spending to increase by 11% in Ohio in 2011, but under Kasich's leadership unemployment in Ohio dropped to its lowest level since 2008. This swing state was hit hard by Obama's economic recession.[2] During his term he presided over lower unemployment, higher job creation, and greater fiscal responsibility. He was criticized by some for allowing Medicaid expansion to occur in Ohio. Kasich said that while he disagrees with the Medicaid expansion taking advantage of it would reduce some of the burdens of Obamacare, specifically the cuts to rural hospitals.

Opposition to Donald Trump

Kasich, who has shifted his positions to the mushy middle and was defeated in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, did not vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the general election, despite the fact that Trump holds conservative positions.[3] However, Trump won both Kasich's state of Ohio and the national election in a historic upset.[4] In addition, Kasich had planned to give a speech less than 48 hours after the election to give his opinion of what the future of the Republican Party should look like. When he planned that speech, he was assuming Trump would lose the election, because when Trump won, he canceled the speech.[5]

In his 2017 book, Kasich stated that Trump was elected because the moral decline of the United States,[6] despite his support of "moving on" on homosexual "marriage" and the fact that social conservatives voted for Trump.

Personal life

Kasich attended Ohio State University and currently lives in Westerville, Ohio. He is married to his wife, Karen, and they have two daughters. He is an evangelical Christian and says he became one after both of his parents were killed in a car accident in 1987.


Courage is Contagious: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things To Change The Face Of America (1999)
Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul (2006)
Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith, and Friendship (2010)

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes heartbeat bill, signs 20-week abortion ban. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  3. Acosta, Jim; Spodak, Cassie; and Schleifer, Theodore (November 1, 2016). Kasich votes McCain instead of Trump. CNN. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  4. Gomez, Henry J. (November 9, 2016). Donald Trump's victory spoiled John Kasich's plans. So what's next for Ohio's governor? Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  5. Thompson, Chrissie (November 9, 2016). NeverTrumper John Kasich Cancels Thursday Speech. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  6. Rodriguez, Katherine (April 29, 2017). John Kasich New Book: Trump Won Election Because America in Spiritual Decline. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 29, 2017.