Former Republican Congressman John Kasich has announced he will run for Governor of Ohio in the 2010 election. Read John Kasich’s biography below, see photos and a video.

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John Kasich

It’s actually somewhat hard to believe but in campaign-speak, the 2010 elections are really just around the corner. One of my very favorite Republicans, former Ohio Congressman John Kasich, has decided to get back into politics. He formally announced that he is running for Governor and will most likely face Governor Ted Strickland who is expected to run for a second term.

Republicans wanted John Kasich to run in 2006, but he declined. He has, however, been keeping a foot in the door since then. In March 2008, he suggested that Ohio’s income tax should be ‘phased out.’ He served last year as honorary chairman of ‘Recharge Ohio,’ a group committed to finding leaders who could ‘get Ohio back on track.’ He was also a speaker at one of the Tax Day Tea Parties.

Can John Kasich pull it off? I think Governor John Kasich sounds pretty great personally.

John Kasich Biography

John Kasich was born on May 13, 1952 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania which is just outside of Pittsburgh. His age is 57.

At age 18 John chose to move 180 miles to the west to attend Ohio State University, and after graduating in 1974 with a B.A. in Political Science, he settled down in Ohio.

John Kasich 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 Republican Congressman, John played major leadership roles in a variety of areas including the 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!

An advocate of personal responsibility, John chaired the historic congressional 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.

Instead of seeking a 10th congressional term, John decided to remain in Westerville, Ohio with his wife Karen and twin daughters Emma and Reese.

After congress, John Kasich has done a wide variety of things. He has been the managing director of the Columbus investment banking division of Lehman Brothers. John has also hosted a national weekly news show on the Fox News Channel called ‘Heartland with John Kasich.’ He has also frequently filled in for Bill O’Reilly on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’.

John Kasich is a popular lecturer on college campuses across the country. Additionally, he is a two-time New York Times bestselling author. Most recently, he wrote ‘Stand for Something: The Battle for America‚Äôs Soul’ and ‘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.

John Kasich, the former Republican congressman from Ohio has announced his intention to run for the Governor of Ohio in 2010.

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