John Kasich was born on May 13, 1952 in McKee's Rock, Pennsylvania to a Czech father and a Croatian mother. He attended public schools in McKees Rock and college at Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and graduated in 1974 with a B.A. in political science.
After college, John Kasich worked for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission as a researcher, as well as an assistant to former Ohio senator Buz Lukens. From 1983 to 2001, he served as a U.S. congressman, representing Ohio's 12th congressional district. He has also served on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, where he was instrumental in Ronald Reagan's national security policies during the Cold War.
After his stint in Congress, Kasich worked as an anchor for Fox News, where he hosted his own program, "Heartland with John Kasich." He also filled in for Bill O'Reilly on "The O'Reilly Factor" from time to time and appeared on various other programs for the network. In addition to his television career, Kasich also wrote three books: "Courage is Contagious," which made the New York Times bestseller list, "Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul" and "Every Other Monday."