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Name: John Richard Kasich                                                                 
Born: 13 May 1952 McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania                                             
John Richard Kasich (born May 13, 1952, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania) is a former           
Republican United States Representative who is now a television show host for             
FOX News Channel. He hosts Heartland with John Kasich, and also guest hosts The           
O'Reilly Factor, filling in for Bill O'Reilly when necessary.                             
A native of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, graduated from The Ohio State University         
in 1974 with a B.A. in political science. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi             
Kasich is of Croatian descent. He was raised in the Roman Catholic Church but             
reconsidered his faith after his parents were killed in an automobile crash in           
1987. He now attends a non-denominational evangelical Christian Church.                   
Kasich married the former Karen Waldbillig in 1997 and has twin daughters.               
After college, Kasich served as a legislative aide to Ohio State Senator Donald           
"Buz" Lukens. In 1978 he was elected to the Ohio State Senate when he served             
until he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1982,               
defeating incumbent Bob Shamansky. Kasich was reelected eight times, serving             
from 1983 to 2001. Kasich was fiscally conservative, taking aim at programs               
supported by Republicans and Democrats, teaming up with Rep. Ron Dellums to cut           
spending on the the B-2 Bomber and Ralph Nader in seeking to reduce corporate             
tax loopholes.                                                                           
In 1993, he became the Ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee where he         
authored an alternative to President Bill Clinton's deficit reduction plan that           
he presented as relying on spending reductions rather than tax increases. Later           
that year, the Penny-Kasich Plan failed by only six votes to cut federal                 
spending by an additional $90 billion on top of the deficit reduction forecasted         
by President Clinton.                                                                     
After 1994, Republicans became the majority party in the United States Congress           
and Kasich became Chairman of the House Budget Committee where one of his stated         
goals was working towards a balanced budget. Kasich also served as chair of the           
congressional committee on welfare reform. In 1994, Kasich was called in by               
Republicans who supported President's Clinton's Omnibus Crime Bill of 1994 to             
assist in helping to reduce the ovrall cost. His support of the bill helped it           
pass the House, but provisions that outlawed some firearms did not win him fans           
among gun rights supporters.                                                             
During the 1996 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Bob Dole was reported           
to have considered Kasich as a vice presidential running mate but instead                 
selected Jack Kemp, a former congressman and HUD Secretary. However, during               
his 1996 re-election campaign Kasich's Democratic opponent in his House race,             
Cynthia Ruccia, made comments regarding Kasich's sexuality in an attempt to               
damage him with conservative voters. Ruccia raised the question of the propriety         
of bachelor Kasich sharing a Washington townhouse with his male chief-of-staff.           
He nonetheless won the 1996 election, and subsequently married in March of 1997.         
He did not seek reelection for the House for the 2000 election, but instead               
formed an exploratory committee to run for President. He withdrew early in               
July 1999 and endorsed George W. Bush, the eventual Republican nominee and               
winner of the election.                                                                   
He took a job as managing director of the investment banking division of Lehman           
Brothers in 2001. Kasich is currently chairman of the New Century Project.               
Republicans tried to recruit Kasich for Governor of Ohio in 2006; however Kasich         
was not interested in the race.                                                           
Kasich is now thinking about making a serious run for Governor of Ohio in 2010,           
seeking the Republican nomination to unseat incumbent Ted Strickland.                     
Kasich is the author of two books: Courage is Contagious was published in 1998           
and made the New York Times bestseller list. His second book, Stand for                   
Something: The Battle for America's Soul was published in 2006.