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John Kasich

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John Kasich is governor of Ohio and unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2000 and 2016. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 2000. Straying from his Catholic roots while young, Kasich has recalled returning to faith after a drunk driver killed his parents in 1987. He currently identifies as Anglican. An opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage, Kasich supports the death penalty. After the 2015 Supreme Court Obergefell vs. Hodges ruling, he reaffirmed his support for traditional marriage but said it was "time to move on." He has also argued that undocumented immigrants residing in the United States should have a path to legal residence. His books include Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith, and Friendship (2010), Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul (2006), and Courage Is Contagious: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the Face of America (1999). Kasich holds a B.A. in Political Science from Ohio State University.
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