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John R. Kasich was sworn in as Ohio’s 69th governor on January 10, 2011 and overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term in 2014. In his first inaugural address he called on Ohioans to come together to make the Buckeye State stronger and more prosperous for all.
As governor, Kasich’s top priority is to create a jobs-friendly climate to increase opportunity for all Ohioans. By closing an $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase, reducing taxes by $5 billion, cutting wasteful spending and eliminating red tape – Ohio jobs have grown by nearly 500,000 and the Buckeye state is in a stronger position than it was when Kasich took office.
In addition, the governor hasn’t backed down from some of the other challenges facing Ohio – and the nation. He’s tackled the dangers of drug abuse and addiction head-on, implementing the strongest, most comprehensive anti-drug effort in the nation. Kasich’s innovative strategy to modernize Ohio’s infrastructure system has led to a record number of new transportation projects, all without a single tax increase. The governor has also been a leading voice in promoting bipartisan solutions to health care reform, immigration and international trade.
Kasich is no stranger to taking on and solving big problems. He served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years and, as the chairman of the House Budget Committee, he led the effort to balance the federal budget for the first time since 1969 and helped enact historic welfare reform.
After leaving Congress in 2000 and running for President, Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, where he helped companies secure the resources they needed to succeed and create jobs. He was also a commentator for FOX News and a Presidential Fellow at his alma mater, The Ohio State University.
Kasich is the author of four New York Times best-sellers: Courage is Contagious; Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul; Every Other Monday; and most recently Two Paths: America Divided or United, which reflects on his 2016 presidential campaign and his hopes for America’s future.
Kasich, 65, is a 1974 graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in Westerville with his wife, Karen Waldbillig Kasich, and their twin daughters, Emma and Reese.