Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election
Experience: Governor, State of Ohio, 2010-present
Campaign Status: Running
Home State: Ohio
Total Raised: $19,386,815Coverage End: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Campaign Website: https://www.johnkasich.com/
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  • Full Name: John Richard Kasich
  • Gender: Male
  • Family: Wife: Karen; 2 Children: Emma, Reese
  • Birth Date: 05/13/1952
  • Birth Place: McKees Rocks, PA
  • Home City: Westerville, OH
  • Religion: Christian


  • BA, Political Science, Ohio State University, 1974

Political Experience

  • Governor, State of Ohio, 2010-present
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 12, 1983-2000
  • Candidate, United States President, 2000
  • Senator, Ohio State Senate, District 15, 1979-1983

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

  • Former Member, Policy Committee
  • Former Member, Republican Steering Committee
  • Managing Director, Barclays Capital, 2008

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Schottenstein Stores Corporation, 2008-2010
  • Contributor/Host, Fox News, 2001-2009
  • Managing Director, Lehman Brothers Investment Banking Division, 2001-2008
  • Aide, Ohio State Senate, 1975-1978

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Former Trustee, Concord Counseling Service, Westerville, Ohio
  • Presidential Fellow, Ohio State University, 2003-2009
  • Honorary Chariman, Recharge Ohio, 2008-2009

Additional Information


  • Every Other Monday
  • Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul
  • Courage is Contagious

About John Kasich

John Richard Kasich was born in the industrial town of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. He studied political science at Ohio State University where, through clever maneuvering, good fortune, or both, he managed to convince the University's President to personally deliver a letter written by Kasich to Richard Nixon, then-current occupant of the White House. Expressing admiration and respect for the sitting President, the letter impressed Nixon, who agreed to meet with Kasich in person while Kasich was still a freshman.

A Republican throughout his career, Kasich espouses strong conservative values, and has generally enacted them as Governor. When first elected, he prioritized eliminating Ohio's multibillion-dollar budget shortfall without raising taxes. He signed a balanced budget into law in 2011, and in fact, he has cut taxes in Ohio several times. He is anti-abortion, and signed a controversial bill placing restrictions on the procedure and women's access to it. He also strongly favored a labor law that would have imposed harsh strictures on collective bargaining rights in his state, but when that matter went to a popular vote, the proposition was defeated with 61% opposition.

On the other hand, Kasich has angered many conservatives with his treatment of Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. While saying he is opposed to most of the law and that he favors the “repeal and replace” goal of the Republican party, he has used increased federal funding made available by the law to strengthen Medicaid in Ohio. Tea Party activists have strongly denounced him for this, and many within the Tea Party refuse to support him because of it.

Total: 29
John Kasich Supports 'Moving On' From Gay Marriage Debate

Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich told MSNBC's Chris Matthews "the court has ruled" on same-sex marriage and he would not advocate for any efforts to ban it, even though he supports traditional marriage.

John Kasich Continues His Pattern Of Making Demeaning Comments To Women

“Are you available? You look great tonight.”

By Samantha Lachman | The Huffington Post
John Kasich Goes Off On 'Absurd' Arguments For Him To Drop Out Of Presidential Race

“Some people have said, ‘Kasich would be the best president.”

By Daniel Marans | Huffington Post
John Kasich: Profiling Muslims Is A 'Knee-Jerk' Response To Terror

The Ohio governor’s comments marked a sharp divergence from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

By Daniel Marans | Huffington Post
John Kasich Finds A Reason To Sternly Chide Donald Trump

The front-runner’s implicit call for convention riots was too much.

By Igor Bobic | The Huffington Post
Kasich won't return Rubio's favor in Florida

the best way to block Donald Trump from winning the Ohio primary next week would be for Rubio supporters there to vote for John Kasich

By Jim Tankersley | The Washington Post
The other Republican establishment: John Kasich's 'Coalition of the Formers'

They are the “Coalition of the Formers”

By Philip Rucker and Dan Balz | The Washington Post
John Kasich and Marco Rubio face Judgment Day in their home states on March 15. Both are losing.

Florida and Ohio are almost always two of the most hotly contested states in American presidential politics — in November, not in March.

By Peter W. Stevenson | The Washington Post
John Kasich Is the New Joe Biden

Kasich's compassion and unguarded speech make him 2016's version of Joe Biden, and the biggest outsider of the presidential race.

By Nicole Hemmer | The Washington Post
Women Are Not Idiots, Governor Kasich

Governor John Kasich caused quite a stir Tuesday at a presidential candidate forum when he said "women came out of their kitchens" to help him get elected early in his career.

By Martha Burk | The Washington Post
Kasich trolls Rubio over Florida polls

“When it comes to winning home state primaries, John Kasich is in a far superior position when compared to Senator Rubio,” Kasich’s campaign wrote on its blog, which featured three old polls from January that showed Trump destroying Rubio in Florida.

By Marc Caputo | POLITICO
John Kasich Brags Women 'Left Their Kitchens' To Elect Him Back In The Day

"All the way back, when things were different. Now you call homes, and everybody's working," the GOP hopeful said.

By Igor Bobic | The Huffington Post
Kasich floats Christie as Cabinet pick

'I like Chris Christie a whole lot,' Kasich said.

By Eliza Collins | POLITICO
Kasich could change mind on pledge to back GOP pick

Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) floated the prospect of bucking the party's pledge and not supporting Donald Trump if he wins the GOP presidential nominee. 

By Ben Kamisar | The Hill
John Kasich steps up his attacks on Donald Trump

Ames, IowaOhio Gov. John Kasich tweeted out an anti-Trump video created by his campaign just minutes before he spoke at Iowa State University.

By Kylie Atwood | CBS News
Kasich, Huckabee, Gilmore ready ads they're owed after Trump's SNL appearance

John Kasich, Mike Huckabee and Jim Gilmore will be running national security ads free of charge to their campaigns on NBC affiliate stations starting Friday.

CBS News
Kasich calls for new federal agency to promote Judeo-Christian values

John Kasich would like to add a new federal agency if he becomes president: one to promote "Judeo-Christian Western values."

By Eliza Collins | POLITICO
Kasich casts himself as national security candidate

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday detailed a national security strategy meant to showcase his firm stance against terrorism and an ability to take the reins on foreign policy.

By Lisa Hagen | The Hill
John Kasich talks marijuana with Stephen Colbert

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich sat down with "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert on Friday to defend his stance against legalizing marijuana just days after Ohio voted against a statewide decriminalization of medical and recreational marijuana.

By Reena Flores | CBS News
Rising Kasich threatens Bush
By Jesse Byrnes | The Hill
Total: 20
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

3. Marijuana is a gateway drug

Strongly Support
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Oppose
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Strongly Oppose
6. Vouchers for school choice

7. Make voter registration easier

8. Prioritize green energy

9. Avoid foreign entanglements

10. Expand the military

11. Support & expand free trade

Strongly Support
12. Support American Exceptionalism

13. Absolute right to gun ownership

Strongly Support
14. Expand ObamaCare

15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

No Opinion
17. Keep God in the public sphere

Strongly Support
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

No Opinion
20. Privatize Social Security

Strongly Support
Total: 130
Introduced Date Bill Number Bill Title Last Action
12/15/2000 H.R.5670 To ensure that the receipts and disbursements of the Social Security trust funds are not included in a unified Federal budget. 12/15/2000 Referred to the House Committee on the Budget.
12/15/2000 H.R.5669 To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund be excluded from the budget of the United States Government. 12/15/2000 Referred to House Government Reform
12/14/2000 H.R.5659 Personal Social Security Account Act of 2000 12/14/2000 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
10/19/2000 H.R.5507 Informed Voter Act of 2000 10/31/2000 Referred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
04/07/2000 H.Con.Res.290 Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2001, revising the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2000, and setting forth... 04/13/2000 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
11/08/1999 H.R.3252 Internet Tax Elimination Act 03/10/2000 Referred to the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.
05/13/1999 H.R.1803 Social Security Surplus Preservation and Debt Reduction Act 05/20/1999 Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security.
04/29/1999 H.J.Res.49 To designate the Village of Sunbury, Ohio, as "Flagville, U.S.A.". 05/04/1999 Referred to the Subcommittee on Civil Service.
04/28/1999 H.R.1607 Charity Empowerment Act of 1999 04/28/1999 Referred to House Judiciary
03/25/1999 H.Con.Res.68 Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2000 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2009. 04/16/1999 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
02/12/1999 H.Res.72 Providing amounts for the expenses of the Committee on the Budget in the One Hundred Sixth Congress. 02/12/1999 Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
02/03/1999 H.R.3 10 Percent Tax Cut Act 02/03/1999 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
07/16/1998 H.R.4255 REAL Life Community Renewal Act of 1998 08/26/1998 Referred to the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.
06/25/1998 H.R.4174 To amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to provide for the expedited consideration of certain proposed rescissions of budget authority. 06/25/1998 Referred to House Rules
06/15/1998 H.Con.Res.284 Revising the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 1998, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 1999, and setting forth... 06/16/1998 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
03/12/1998 H.R.3456 Personal Retirement Savings Account Act of 1998 03/17/1998 Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security.
11/13/1997 H.R.3045 Surface Transportation and Transit Empowerment Act 11/28/1997 Referred to the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation.
09/11/1997 H.R.2462 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the taxable income of each spouse of a married couple to be taxed using either the rates applicable to single filers or the rates applicable to... 09/11/1997 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
06/27/1997 H.R.2015 Balanced Budget Act of 1997 09/09/1997 Disapproval bill introduced in House: H.R. 2436. (TXT | PDF)
06/27/1997 H.R.2014 Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 09/09/1997 Disapproval bills introduced: S. 1157 and H.R. 2444. (TXT | PDF)
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