John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio since 2011, has officially entered the 2016 presidential race.

Kasich’s political career began in 1978 when he served as state senator for Ohio’s 15th district. He made the jump to federal office when he won the House race for Ohio’s 12th district in 1982. Kasich was re-elected eight times with over 60% of the popular vote.

After a foray into the private sector, where he served as a managing director for Lehman Brothers, Kasich launched his first gubernatorial campaign. He defeated Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland and began his term in January 2011, targeting tax reform and balancing Ohio’s state budget. Kasich won re-election in 2014 despite opposition from local Tea Party groups following his support of Medicaid expansion.

This isn’t Kasich’s first try at the presidential nomination. In 2000 he ran before withdrawing after poor fundraising. Among the 2016 candidates, Kasich stands out as pragmatic Republican with crossover appeal on issues like healthcare, gun control and education.


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