John Kasich won Conservative of the Year 2011.
|U.S. Representative from Ohio's 12th District|
From: January 3, 1983 - January 3, 2001
|Predecessor||Robert N. Shamansky|
|Successor||Patrick J. Tiberi|
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 1990's. He was a political alley 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.
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. 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.
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.