Governor John Kasich

Former Governor of Ohio, 2011- 2019 & CNN Senior Political Commentator

Audiences might be surprised to hear former Governor John Kasich say that he’s not very interested in politics. After listening to his impassioned thoughts on the state of our nation, however, you’ll understand where he’s coming from.

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Two-term former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich is a politician, a New York Times best-selling author, a former FOX television host, and ultimately an American citizen who believes that unity is the answer to our most common problems.

Governor Kasich closed an $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase, reduced taxes by $5 billion and created an improved business climate that led to the creation of more than 500,000 new jobs in the Buckeye State. Under his tenure, Ohio budget reserves grew from 89 cents to $2.7 billion. The Governor was a leading voice in promoting bipartisan solutions to health care reform, immigration and international trade. He has been one of the few Republicans to advocate for Medicaid’s expansion.

Kasich has had a storied career in both the public and private sectors. He served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years. He was elected to the U.S. House at just 30 years old, after having become the youngest state senator in Ohio history. He went on to become the chairman of the House Budget Committee and balanced the Federal Budget four times—a feat not accomplished since. After leaving Congress in 2000, 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 a FOX television commentator for two shows, Heroes and Heartland with John Kasich, in addition to being a stand-in host for both Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews. In January of 2019, Kasich made his debut as a Senior Political Commentator for CNN, where he will appear across a variety of programs.

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 2016 run as Republican Primary Presidential candidate and his hopes for America’s future. His latest book, entitled It’s Up To Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change, was released on October 15, 2019.

Kasich is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he also served as a Presidential Fellow. No longer Ohio’s Governor, he continues his roles as husband, father and American Citizen, eager for the next chapter.

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