|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.