Here is the story of one man – John Kasich, who is all author, former television presenter, and above all an American Republican politician. Prior to that, he was an Ohio Congressman in the US House of Representatives from 1983 to 2001. He served on the House Committee on Armed Forces for 18 years and for another 6 years as Chairman of the House Committee on Budgets.
He is considered one of America’s best politicians. Here you can find more information about his biography, his family, his religion, and other things that set him apart from the rest of his peers.
John Kasich Biography (Age, Religion)
John Richard Kasich Jr (John Kasich) was born on 13 May 1952 and grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, as the son of Anne (née Vukovich) and John Kasich Sr. His father was of Czech descent, while his mother was Croatian. Both his parents were immigrants who worked as postal workers. They were devout Catholics and encouraged their son to adhere to the faith to no small degree. For some time after his schooling, John, who is also Roman Catholic, considered becoming a priest but eventually made a different career in politics.
John attended public high school in his hometown before studying politics at Ohio State University, where he joined the Alpha Sigma Phi Brotherhood. In his first year of study, he was concerned about the state of affairs in America and had to write a letter asking for a meeting with then-US President Richard Nixon. The letter was delivered to the White House by the President of the University, Novice Fawcett, and to his great delight, he had a 20-minute meeting with the President in December 1970. John Kasich graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and then began his career.
John Kasich In The U.S. House Of Representatives
John began as a researcher with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and was the administrative assistant to then-Senator Buz Lukens between 1975-78. He ran against Democratic incumbent Robert O’Shaughnessy for his first political office in 1978. John Kasich won the State Senator’s seat and at 26 years of age was the second youngest person to do so. He ran for Congress in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District and beat the incumbent Democratic Congressman Bob Shamansky in the general election by a margin of 50%-47% and retained his office eight times, improving each time by 64%.
The “financially conservative Republican” served on the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee for 18 years, shaping U.S. defense policy. In 1993, John Kasich became a senior Republican member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee. He became Chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee in 1995 and made a significant contribution by introducing the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, a social reform bill signed by then-President Clinton. He is also credited with being the driving force behind a balanced federal budget for the first time since 1969 – the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.
Presidential Ambition, Private Sector Involvement, And Later Political Activities
John Kasich was interested in becoming US President and until 1999 he formed an exploratory committee to advance this goal. However, it was nipped in the bud due to a lack of funds, and in July 1999 he rejected the idea and supported the then Governor of Texas, George W. Bush.
He then worked as a moderator on Heartland with John Kasich on the Fox News Channel and was a guest host on The O’Reilly Factor when Bill O’Reilly is unavailable and also appeared on Hannity & Colmes.
The former Republican congressman has served on the board of several companies including Invacare Corp, Chicago-based Norvax Inc., and the investment banking arm of Lehman Brothers. During all this time he planned a comeback in politics, and in 2010 he was elected Governor of Ohio, defeating the incumbent Democratic Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland. He repeated the same victory in 2014 by defeating Democratic Ed FitzGerald. In 2016, he resumed his presidential ambitions and had Donald Trump and Ted Cruz as chief candidates. However, John Kasich could not bring his actions to bear and had to suspend his campaign on May 4, 2016.
Like most other US politicians, John Kasich has made contributions to literary society by proposing 4 books that are: 1998 Courage is Contagious, which was included in the New York Times bestseller list, 2006 Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul, another New York Times bestseller published in 2010 and entitled Every Other Monday, and his most recent book Two Paths, which was published in 2017.
Family – Wife, Daughters, Gay
John Kasich was married twice, first to Mary Lee Griffith and their marriage lasted from 1975 to 1980, but they had no child together. After their divorce, Griffith did not let up and did not support any of John’s political ambitions, which is quite rare among the ex-wives of American politicians.
The Republican governor, who has defeated incumbents in the past, married his current wife Karen Waldbling in March 1997. Their marriage has since led to the birth of twin daughters Emma and Reese.
Karen Waldbling was born on December 26, 1963, in Upper Arlington, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. She studied at Ohio State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication science. Her profile proved her to be an American businesswoman, as she was once Vice President of GSW Worldwide – a health care advertising agency, but had to leave her job to care for her twin daughters when they were 2 years old.
John Kasich is obviously not gay because he was married and is still married to a woman. However, he has now adopted a less strict stance on the issue of gay rights in the USA. As a member of the House of Representatives, he once supported a ban on gay marriages in Ohio but changed his position when the rights of homosexuals in the United States became more clear, especially during his ambitions as President in 2016.
John Kasich stands at a height of 6 feet or 1.83 m.