John R. Kasich

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John R. Kasich.

John Kasich has been an elected official, political leader, author, educator and television personality. In 2010, Ohio voters elected him as the state's 69th governor.

John Richard Kasich was born on May 13, 1952, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in political science from The Ohio State University in 1974, Kasich went into politics. He was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1977 and served from 1978 to 1982, when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives.

In the House of Representatives, Kasich served nine consecutive terms, from 1983 to 2001. He became known as one of the Republican Party's most powerful leaders in the House and served as chair of the House Budget Committee from 1995 to 2001. He did not run for reelection in 2000 and sought the Republican Party's nomination for President of the United States. Kasich lost the nomination to Texas Governor George W. Bush.

After leaving politics, Kasich was involved in several ventures. He had his own television program on the FOX News Channel, Heartland with John Kasich. He also substituted as a host on The O'Reilly Factor. In addition to television, Kasich worked for Lehman Brothers as managing director of the Investment Banking Division, and he taught business courses at The Ohio State University. Kasich also chaired the New Century Project. The organization recruits people to run for political office who support empowering people by reducing government's influence in their lives.

In 2010, Ohio voters elected Kasich as the state's 69th governor. At the time of this writing, Kasich is the sitting Governor of Ohio.

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