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Name: Dennis John Kucinich                                                             
Born: 8 October 1946 Cleveland, Ohio                                                   
Dennis John Kucinich (born October 8, 1946) is a Democratic                             
member of the United States House of Representatives and was a candidate for the       
Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2004 and 2008           
Kucinich currently represents the 10th District of Ohio in the House of                 
Representatives. His district includes most of western Cleveland as well as             
suburbs such as Parma and Cuyahoga Heights. He is currently the chairman of the         
Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government         
Reform. He is also a member of the Education and Labor Committee.                       
From 1977 to 1979, Kucinich served as the 53rd mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, a             
tumultuous term in which he survived a recall election and was successful in a         
battle against selling the municipal electric utility before being defeated for         
reelection by George Voinovich.                                                         
Kucinich was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 8, 1946, as the eldest of the         
seven children of Frank and Virginia Kucinich. His father, a truck driver,             
was of Croatian ancestry; his Irish American mother was a homemaker. Growing           
up, his family moved twenty-one times and Kucinich was often charged with the           
responsibility of finding apartments they could afford.                                 
He attended Cleveland State University from 1967 to 1970. In 1973, he                   
graduated from Case Western Reserve University with both a BA and an MA in             
speech and communication. Kucinich was baptized a Roman Catholic. He is                 
twice-divorced, with a daughter, Jackie, from his marriage to Sandra Lee               
McCarthy. He married his third wife, Elizabeth Harper, a British citizen, on           
August 21, 2005. The two met while Harper was working as an assistant for the           
Chicago-based American Monetary Institute, which brought her to Kucinich's House       
of Representatives office for a meeting. Mrs. Kucinich is thirty-one years his         
On December 19, 2007, his youngest brother, Perry Kucinich, was found dead in           
his home. There was no sign of foul play.                                               
In 2003, Kucinich was the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award, an annual award         
bestowed by the Religious Society of Friends-affiliated organization Promoting         
Enduring Peace.