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John Kasich

Former Governor, State of Ohio; Senior Political Commentator, CNN

John R. Kasich is a former two-term governor of the State of Ohio and a senior political commentator for CNN, where he appears on a variety of programs. Kasich is also a New York Times best-selling author of four books including “Two Paths: America Divided or United,” which reflects on his 2016 run as the Republican Primary Presidential candidate and his hopes for America’s future.

As Governor of Ohio, Kasich closed an $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase, reduced taxes by $5 billion and outpaced the nation’s job growth with 557,600 new jobs. Under his tenure, Ohio budget reserves grew from 89 cents to $2.7 billion. He was a leading voice in promoting bipartisan solutions to health care reform, immigration and international trade.

Kasich has had a storied career in both the public and private sectors. He served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years. He was elected to the U.S. House at just 30 years old, after having become the youngest state senator in Ohio history. He went on to become the chairman of the House Budget Committee and balanced the Federal Budget four times.

After leaving Congress in 2000, Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, where he helped companies secure the resources they needed to succeed and create jobs. He was a FOX television commentator for two shows, Heroes and Heartland with John Kasich. Kasich is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he also served as a Presidential Fellow.