Recognized nationally as a leader who takes an independent and innovative approach in order to get results, John Kasich is working with Ohioans to create the climate for people from every corner of the state and every walk of life to have the opportunity to fulfill their God-given potential.
In 2010, John Kasich (pronounced kay-sick) answered a call to return to public service and was elected governor of Ohio, taking on the challenge of getting Ohio back on track after both its economy and its budget had fallen into disarray.
He quickly went to work applying conservative principles to the problem. He eliminated an $8 billion budget shortfall—the largest in state history—without raising taxes. In fact, working with the General Assembly he’s cut taxes by $3 billion, including eliminating the death tax, cutting income taxes 10 percent and cutting small business taxes in half.
The result? Ohio has become a national leader in job creation, its rainy-day fund has grown from $0.89 to $1.5 billion, its credit outlook went up as the nation’s was downgraded and wages in Ohio are growing nearly twice as fast as the national rate.
Continuing this focus on creating a jobs-friendly climate, Gov. Kasich enacted a comprehensive education reform agenda that set higher standards for student achievement with a new Third Grade Reading Guarantee and improved school accountability with a new, simpler A-F school report card. He is also revamping Ohio’s workforce training system to better prepare Ohioans for the jobs in the fastest-growing areas of the economy so everyone can participate in the state’s ongoing recovery. To help Ohio grow as a national leader for energy independence, Gov. Kasich coordinated a state energy policy that set forth a new, stable, and safe regulatory climate that has led to incredible expansion of Ohio’s energy industry.
Additionally, Gov. Kasich embraced an innovative and tax-free approach to generate $3 billion to upgrade Ohio’s vital highway and bridge network that’s key to maintaining Ohio’s logistical competitive advantage.
The son of a mailman, John grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood in McKee’s Rocks, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. Like many Americans his values were shaped by a childhood rooted in faith, family, community and common sense.
At age 18, John chose to move 180 miles to the west to attend The Ohio State University, and after graduating he chose to make his mark in Ohio.
Known for his straightforward style and boundless energy, John was elected to the Ohio State Senate at the age of 26 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 at the age of 30.
As a nine-term Congressman, John played major leadership roles in a variety of groundbreaking achievements. Driven by a belief that government shouldn’t live beyond its means, John worked as Chairman of the House Budget Committee to construct the plan that balanced the federal budget for the first time since man first walked on the moon. At first the naysayers said it couldn’t be done, then they said it shouldn’t be done, then they said it wouldn’t be done. But John, working with a team of other leaders, proved them all wrong. Together they balanced the budget, provided for the largest government surplus our country has ever seen, and opened the door for an era of tremendous job growth and prosperity.
An advocate of personal responsibility, John chaired the historic congressional conference committee that overhauled the welfare system. Building on his commitment to limited government, John also championed defense reform and the elimination of wasteful government spending by effectively building coalitions with members on both sides of the aisle.
John’s leadership, accomplishments and vision for America led Newsweek magazine to name him one of its “100 people for the 21st century” But instead of seeking a 10th congressional term, John decided to remain in Westerville with his family and pursue new challenges and experiences outside of Washington.
As a business leader, John worked to understand what makes businesses successful, and helped companies in a wide variety of industries nationwide to grow, invest for the future and create jobs.
A two-time New York Times bestselling author, John most recently penned Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul. Praised by the likes of Bono, George Stephanopoulos and Elie Wiesel, Stand for Something directly addresses how we can overcome the erosion of the long-standing, hard-earned values upon which our nation is built. John has also authored Courage is Contagious, a book which highlights the stories of ordinary Americans who have taken amazing measures to make a difference for their communities and our country.
Like the people John writes about, his entire career has been about making a difference. Now, as governor, John is working together with all Ohioans to make a difference and help give Ohio families the future they deserve.
John Kasich lives in Westerville with his wife Karen and twin daughters Emma and Reese.