Mother: Anne Kasich, postal worker
Marriages: Karen (Waldbillig) Kasich (1997-present); Mary Lee Griffith (1975-1980, divorced)
Children: with Karen (Waldbillig) Kasich: twins Emma and Reese
Education: Ohio State University, B.A. in political science, 1974
Last name is pronounced "KAY-sick."
Kasich's parents were killed by a drunk driver in 1987, a tragedy he credits with helping him to rediscover his faith.
Describes himself as the "chief architect" of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, signed by President Bill Clinton
, which resulted in the first federal budget surplus since the late 1960s.
December 1970 -
While a freshman in college, meets with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office.
Weeks earlier, Kasich had handwritten a letter to Nixon which resulted in an invitation to the White House.
1975-1977 - Aide to Ohio State Senator Donald "Buz" Lukens.
November 1978 - Defeats incumbent Democrat Robert O'Shaughnessy to win election to the Ohio state Senate.
November 2, 1982 - Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Democratic incumbent Bob Shamansky. Kasich is the only incoming Republican congressman to defeat an incumbent Democrat.
January 3, 1983-January 3, 2001 - Represents Ohio's 12th Congressional District in the U.S. Congress, winning re-election eight times.
1995-2001 - Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
1998 - Kasich's book, "Courage is Contagious," is released.
February 1999 -
Announces the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.
July 1999 -
Announces that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination and endorses George W. Bush.
2001-September 2008 -
Works for Lehman Brother's investment banking division
in Columbus, Ohio, as managing director until the firm's collapse.
2002-2007 - Host of "From the Heartland with John Kasich" on Fox News.
2006 - Kasich's book, "Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul," is published.
2010 - "Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith and Friendship," written with Daniel Paisner, is published.
November 2, 2010 - Defeats Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland to be elected Ohio governor.
January 10, 2011-present - Serves as the 69th governor of Ohio.
March 31, 2011 - Kasich signs into law a measure limiting the bargaining rights of public workers - including police, teachers and firefighters - to salaries, employment conditions and hours. The law is held from going into effect pending a referendum in November.
February 2013 -
Announces that Ohio will accept federal money under President Barack Obama
's health care law to expand Medicaid coverage to some 275,000 residents. The decision results in a months-long fight with GOP state lawmakers, but Kasich ultimately prevails in an effort that he frames as both an economic and moral cause.
November 4, 2014 -
Re-elected governor with 64% of the vote.
July 21, 2015 -
Announces his run for the Republican presidential nomination at his alma mater, Ohio State University.