At a Glance
- Career History: Investment banking manager, Lehman Brothers (2001-2008); Fox News host (2001-2008); U.S. Representative (1982-2000); Ohio State Senator (1978-1982)
- Birthday: May 13, 1952
- Hometown: McKee's Rocks, Penn.
- Alma Mater: Ohio State University, B.A., 1974
- Spouse: Karen
Path To Power
Path To Power
The son of a mailman, Kasich grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood outside Pittsburgh, Pa. He moved to Ohio for college in 1970, graduating four years later with a B.A. from Ohio State University.
As with campaigns nationwide, the economy took center stage in the 2010 Ohio gubernatorial contest. Kasich accused his opponent, Gov. Ted Strickland (D) of allowing 400,000 jobs to leave the state over his four years in office, and pointed to the state's massive budget shortfall as further evidence of fiscal mismanagement. Breaking with 117 years of precedence, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce backed Kasich in the race.
In order to stimulate job growth, Kasich proposed eliminating Ohio's income tax for individuals and small businesses, but has not put a timetable on such changes. He advocates regulatory reform, improving worker-training programs, and revamping the state's workers' compensation system.
Dating back to his time in the U.S. House, Kasich has had a close relationship with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who campaigned for Kasich during the 2010 campaign season. Kasich was part of the 1990s House Republican inner circle, which also included Dick Armey (R-Texas), and Tom DeLay (R-Texas).
Kasich has a long-standing relationship with Fox News and many of its pundits, like Bill O'Reilly, whose show he sometimes co-hosted, and Sean Hannity, who interviewed Kasich during the campaign period in 2010, raising concerns about his ongoing relationship with the network.