|Governor of Ohio|
From: January 10, 2011 – present
|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|
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 won Conservative of the Year 2011, but he became more liberal in subsequent years.
Kasich signed three major pro-life bills into law in 2011 and also supported economic reforms. He was considered a leader on cultural issues, speaking out against Ohio's pink driver's licenses and generally 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. 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." He later signed a bill banning abortions for children with Down Syndrome.
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.
In 2018, Kasich continued moving to the Left when he removed pro-gun content from his campaign website and entertained the notion of having the federal government confiscate certain types of guns. He also spoke highly of far-left anti-gun protestors.
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. However, Trump won both Kasich's state of Ohio and the national election in a historic upset. 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.
In his 2017 book, Kasich stated that Trump was elected because the moral decline of the United States, despite his support of "moving on" on homosexual "marriage" and the fact that social conservatives voted for Trump. In 2018, Kasich stated his opposition to Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal despite claiming to oppose the deal when it was first negotiated.
In a February 2018 interview with Jorge Ramos, a left-wing journalist and open borders activist, Kasich stated that ICE under Trump was "dead wrong" for enforcing existing U.S. immigration law, stating "that’s not my country." Kasich also supported maintaining DACA and opposed President Trump's efforts at securing the southern border. In an interview on April 29, 2018, Kasich again criticized the Republican Party for adopting conservative views on trade and immigration, and he suggested that "conservatism" must only involve certain economic issues. He has criticized President Trump's trade actions despite the abusive behavior of other countries toward the U.S.
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)
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes heartbeat bill, signs 20-week abortion ban. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
- Multiple references:
- Hellmann, Jessie (December 22, 2017). Kasich signs Ohio law banning abortions for Down syndrome. The Hill. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Gov. Kasich signs into law Down syndrome abortion ban in Ohio. Fox News. December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Williams, Thomas D. (December 23, 2017). Ohio Outlaws Selective Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- Multiple references:
- Hawkins, Awr (February 9, 2018). John Kasich Deletes Pro-Gun Content from Website, Pushes AR-15 Ban. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Giaritelli, Anna (February 19, 2018). John Kasich deletes pro-gun content from website. Washington Examiner. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Zanona, Melanie (February 19, 2018). Kasich’s campaign website tones down gun language after Florida shooting. The Hill. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Jasper, William F. (April 1, 2018). “Conservative” Gov. Kasich Praises Anti-gun March; Gets Liberal-NeoCon Boost for 2020 White House Bid. The New American. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
- Acosta, Jim; Spodak, Cassie; and Schleifer, Theodore (November 1, 2016). Kasich votes McCain instead of Trump. CNN. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- Gomez, Henry J. (November 9, 2016). Donald Trump's victory spoiled John Kasich's plans. So what's next for Ohio's governor? Cleveland.com. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- Thompson, Chrissie (November 9, 2016). NeverTrumper John Kasich Cancels Thursday Speech. cincinnati.com. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- Rodriguez, Katherine (April 29, 2017). John Kasich New Book: Trump Won Election Because America in Spiritual Decline. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
- Nolte, John (May 9, 2018). Nolte: Never Trump Grifters John Kasich and Jeff Flake Flip-Flop on Iran Deal. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
- Binder, John (February 2, 2018). ‘That’s Not My Country’: John Kasich Calls ICE Agents ‘Dead Wrong’ for Enforcing Law. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Savransky, Rebecca (April 1, 2018). Kasich rips Trump: A true leader offers hope, doesn't take it from innocent children. The Hill. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
- Lim, Naomi (April 1, 2018). John Kasich slams Trump for taking 'hope from innocent children' after DACA tweet. Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
- Richardson, Valerie (April 29, 2018). John Kasich rips GOP, hints at 2020 run against Trump: ‘I can bring that party back’. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- Anapol, Avery (April 29, 2018). Kasich denies leaving the GOP: 'The Republican Party left me'. The Hill. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- Wise, Justin (July 25, 2018). Kasich: Trump using ‘farm welfare’ instead of ending tariffs. The Hill. Retrieved July 25, 2018.