Governor John Kasich
Governor Kasich earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Ohio State University in 1974. After college, he served as a legislative aide to Ohio state senator Donald Lukens. In 1978, at the age of 26, he was elected to the Ohio state senate, serving until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. His congressional career spanned nine consecutive terms, through 2000. He was selected to become chairman of the Committee on the Budget in 1995 and served as chief architect of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. He also chaired the congressional conference committee on welfare reform and was a champion of defense reform. In 2001, Kasich became managing director of the Columbus investment banking division of Lehman Brothers. He has authored three books, two of which were New York Times bestsellers. Kasich was elected Ohio's governor in November 2010.