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Newsweek magazine named John Kasich one of its "100 people for the 21st century."
John Kasich believes in the power of the individual to raise standards and leave a better America for the next generation. He knows that more government isn't the answer to what ails America, and he believes in the power of individual actions to bring about historic change in our country. He fought for these ideals as a nine-term Congressman from Ohio, and now as a business leader, media personality, author and speaker John Kasich continues to "raise the bar."
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 (the only Republican in the nation to defeat an incumbent Democrat that year) Mr. Kasich played major roles in a variety of groundbreaking achievements during his 18 years in Congress.
As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, John Kasich was the chief architect of the plan that balanced the federal budget for the first time since man first walked on the moon and provided for the largest government surplus our country has ever seen. An advocate of personal responsibility, he also chaired the historic congressional committee that overhauled the welfare system. Throughout his almost two decades in Congress, he was known for his straightforward style, boundless energy and commitment to limited government. He championed defense reform and the elimination of wasteful government spending by effectively building coalitions with members on both sides of the aisle.
Mr. Kasich decided not to seek election to a 10th congressional term so that he could pursue new challenges and experiences outside of Washington. Today he serves as an Investment Banker on Wall Street. He maintains responsibilities across a range of industry groups including retail, power and utilities, technology, media and communications, industrial, and financial institutions.
John Kasich substitutes as the host for The O'Reilly Factor and is a contributor to other Fox News shows. As host of Heartland with John Kasich, he was able to take a weekly look at news from around the nation and world. He has also hosted Heroes with John Kasich, which highlighted the lives and accomplishments of individuals who have done extraordinary things to improve their communities or the lives of others.
Additionally, Mr. Kasich is a two-time New York Times bestselling author. Most recently, he penned Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul, which has been praised by the likes of Bono, George Stephanopoulos, and Elie Wiesel. He has also authored Courage is Contagious, a book that highlighted ordinary Americans who have taken amazing measures to make a difference for their communities and our country.
John Kasich's ability to communicate powerfully and effectively means he is in high demand as a speaker to national organizations and corporations throughout the country. He also serves on the corporate boards of companies in the manufacturing and health sectors and is a Guest Lecturer at The Ohio State University. He is a former guest fellow at Texas A&M's George Bush School of Government and Public Service and the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication.
John Kasich has been profiled on 60 Minutes and has appeared on virtually every major network and cable news show. He was also a guest on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. George magazine featured him as "One of the Most Fascinating Men in Politics." An avid reader, golfer and fitness enthusiast, he lives in Westerville, Ohio with his wife and their twin daughters.
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