Husband, father, friend, person of faith, leader, change agent. . . John Kasich is a lot of things. Through them all runs his honest, direct, authentic, tenacious approach to life that has allowed him, time and again, to do what they said couldn’t be done and, as his mom told him as a boy, “make things a little better because you were there.”
Meet The Kasich Family
When John Kasich thinks about the future, he thinks about his twin 16-year old daughters, Emma and Reese. What legacy will we leave them? As they’ve done in Ohio as Governor and First Lady, John and Karen Kasich will work hard in Washington to build a better America for the next generation.
Balancing Budgets, Cutting Taxes $5 billion, Helping Americans Create Jobs
As Chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, John Kasich spearheaded the successful effort to balance the federal budget for the first time since man walked on the moon. As Governor he closed Ohio’s $8 billion budget shortfall without raising taxes, turned the state’s 89-cent rainy day fund into a $2 billion surplus, cut taxes by $5 billion—the biggest tax cut of any state, and helped Ohioans create more than 300,000 private sector jobs in four years.
America needs someone who can produce the same results in Washington. As President, John Kasich will make balancing the federal budget a top priority and continue his fight for a constitutional amendment that forces Congress to do its job and balance the budget.
National Security Experience—To Keep Americans Safe
18 years of national security experience. As a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, John Kasich was a key supporter of President Ronald Reagan’s national security policies and played a role in every major national security effort that helped end the Cold War. He then went to work helping transform our military into a flexible force able to respond to more varied threats, like those we face today.
The world is more dangerous now than ever before. On-the-job training just won’t work. John Kasich doesn’t need to “read-up” on national security or foreign policy but will hit the ground running as Commander in Chief on Day One. America needs John Kasich’s experienced, steady hand to reinvigorate our military, strengthen our alliances, and start defending ourselves against those who seek to destroy freedom and harm Americans.
Bringing People Together, Lifting People Up
Boosting the economy isn’t an end to itself, but a means to an end—a way to strengthen families, help Americans reach their God-given potential, and lift up our neighbors who live in the shadows. Growing up in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, a working-class town near Pittsburgh, John Kasich learned the importance of lending a hand to those who need it. He has successfully improved care for those struggling with mental illness and addiction and the working poor. He’s taken on human trafficking and increased opportunities for minority small business owners, transformed how Ohio approaches community-police relations, and consistently turned aside from the politics of division that gets us nowhere.
America and Washington need someone who realizes that the divisions in our country hold us back and who has a proven track record of reaching across the political aisle to bring people together so we can all rise.