John Kasich was sworn in as governor of Ohio on January 10, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 12, 2015.
Kasich served in the U.S. House of Representatives for nine terms beginning in 1982, during which time he served as chair of the House Budget Committee and spearheaded the effort to pass the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. He also served in the Ohio Senate.
After running for President in 2000, Kasich entered the private sector and served as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, a host and commentator on FOX News, a member of the board of directors of Invacare and Worthington Industries and authored three New York Times bestsellers.
Kasich and his wife, Karen, have twin daughters.
Born and raised in central Ohio, Karen Waldbillig Kasich obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications from The Ohio State University. Mrs. Kasich established a career in health care, public relations and marketing that spanned nearly two decades. She last served as a vice president with GSW Worldwide, an agency focused on health care and the pharmaceutical industry.
Mrs. Kasich is passionate about her role as mother to her children and views it as her top priority. As first lady of Ohio, she is honored to have an opportunity to increase awareness on topics that are near and dear to her heart: children’s wellness and women’s heart health. Mrs. Kasich currently serves as a member of both The Partnership at Drugfree.org’s public relations advisory board and Ohio Valley’s Go Red for Women Council, the American Heart Association’s program empowering women to live heart-healthy lifestyles. She also encourages children to walk and bike to school safely and confidently as the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Ambassador.
The first lady and her husband, Governor John Kasich, were married in 1997 and have two children, twin daughters Emma and Reese.
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