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Always known to be a man of straightforward style and boundless energy, John Kasich was elected to the Ohio State Senate at 26, and to the U.S. House of Representatives at 30. Working as an advocate for personal responsibility, he chaired a historic congressional conference committee that overhauled the welfare system. He stood as a champion for defense reform, and the elimination of wasteful government spending, through the formation of coalitions with members of both parties.

Yet instead of going on for a tenth congressional term, John decided to stay in Westerville with his wife Karen and daughters Emma and Reese. He made a decision to explore new challenges outside of Washington, and was elected Governor of Ohio in 2010. With his accomplishments and penchant for leadership, it is no wonder Newsweek magazine named John one of its “100 People for the 21st Century.”

His ability to communicate in a powerful, effective way helped John become a leader in Washington, and it has given him a platform to shape public opinion as a social commentator. John has appeared on virtually every major network and cable news show, and hosted his national weekly news show called “Heartland with John Kasich,” which allowed him to share his uniquely Midwestern perspective on news from around the nation and the world. He lectures on college campuses across the country, encouraging students with a message that emphasizes the importance of hard work, ethics, and values.

John has been on the New York Times best sellers list twice. His most recent book, Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul was praised by the likes of Bono, George Stephanopoulos and Elie Wiesel. It directly addresses ways to overcome the erosion of the longstanding, hard-earned values upon which out nation is built. Courage is Contagious highlights stories of ordinary Americans who have taken extraordinary measures to bring lasting, beneficial change to their communities and our country.

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    Former Congressman, Governor of Ohio

    Known for his straightforward style and boundless energy, John was elected to the Ohio State Senate at the age of 26 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 at the age of 30.

    An advocate of personal responsibility, John chaired the historic congressional conference committee that overhauled the welfare system. Building on his commitment to limited government, John also championed defense reform and the elimination of wasteful government spending by effectively building coalitions with members on both sides of the aisle.

    John’s leadership, accomplishments and vision for America led Newsweek magazine to name him one of its “100 people for the 21st century” But instead of seeking a 10th congressional term, John decided to remain in Westerville with his wife Karen and twin daughters Emma and Reese, and has pursued new challenges and experiences outside of Washington. In 2010 he was elected Governor of the state of Ohio.

    As a business leader John has worked to understand what makes businesses successful, and has helped companies in a wide variety of industries nationwide to grow, invest for the future and create jobs.

    His leadership in Washington and his ability to communicate powerfully and effectively have given John a broad platform to shape public opinion as a commentator, appearing on virtually every major network and cable news show. He has also hosted a national weekly news show called “Heartland with John Kasich,” which allowed him to provide a uniquely Midwestern perspective to news from around the nation and world.

    John has lectured on college campuses across the country, challenging students with a message that emphasizes the importance of hard work, ethics and values.

    Additionally, John is a two-time New York Times bestselling author. Most recently, he penned Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul. Praised by the likes of Bono, George Stephanopoulos and Elie Wiesel, Stand for Something directly addresses how we can overcome the erosion of the long-standing, hard-earned values upon which our nation is built. John has also authored Courage is Contagious, a book which highlights the stories of ordinary Americans who have taken amazing measures to make a difference for their communities and our country.


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“You want to believe that what you’re doing matters to your kids, your grandkids, to your coworkers. Because everyone wants to believe that they make a difference.”

In this video, former Congressman John Kasich gives us an idea of what he stands for and what he brings to his keynotes. “Everybody can make a difference; it’s just up to them to go for it and to believe in themselves. What I try to do is give them a sense that what they do influences other people, and it can make a difference in the way the globe spins.”

He relates an anecdote about his freshman year at Ohio State University. At a meeting with OSU’s president, John found out that the university president was going to see Nixon, and asked to come along. While the answer was no, John says, “if you never ask, you never get the deal, right?” Instead of taking John, the president took a letter for Nixon, which earned John an audience with the President of the United States. “The good news: I spent twenty minutes as a college freshman with the most powerful man in the world. The bad news: I spent eighteen years in congress, and it didn’t add up to twenty minutes!”

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John Kasich’s program Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul draws on his eighteen years as a congressional leader, his business and media experience, and the multitude of relationships he’s developed over time. It helps everyone understand that they can contribute to helping make America great again. In the program John discusses the concept of raising the bar, citing many examples of ordinary, everyday Americans doing the extraordinary to create lasting change within their communities. The greatest legacy we have as Americans is leaving a better world for the next generation.

He talks about his decision to leave politics, saying that the greatest challenge lies not in legislating solutions, but in challenging and changing hearts. For John, it is about being part of something greater than oneself and joining a team that upholds personal responsibility. While addressing these issues, he introduces incredible Americans who demonstrate that raising the bar works in every aspect of American Life. The challenge lies in making sure that everyone uses their special gifts to make a difference in the places we live and work.





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    Stand For Something: The Battle for America′s Soul
    A former nine-time congressman from Ohio and one of the most respected commentators on politics and society, John Kasich believes that traditional American values are in serious danger of being lost. Kasich asserts that this erosion of moral values can be atttributed to, among other things, disappointing leadership from elected officials, the growing lack of ethics in business and sports, religious intolerance, and mass media and popular culture. By addressing such fundamental issues as honesty, personal responsibility, integrity, and the importance of leaving the world a better place, Kasich offers both a heartfelt and straightforward solution for all Americans to finally reset our moral compass and learn to STAND FOR SOMETHING.
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    Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith, and Friendship
    Former Congressman and bestselling author John Kasich breathes life and insight into the Bible so that its ancient narratives might resonate for listeners in a more personal way.
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“You want to believe that what you’re doing matters to your kids, your grandkids, to your coworkers. Because everyone wants to believe that they make a difference.”

In this video, former Congressman John Kasich gives us an idea of what he stands for and what he brings to his keynotes. “Everybody can make a difference; it’s just up to them to go for it and to believe in themselves. What I try to do is give them a sense that what they do influences other people, and it can make a difference in the way the globe spins.”

He relates an anecdote about his freshman year at Ohio State University. At a meeting with OSU’s president, John found out that the university president was going to see Nixon, and asked to come along. While the answer was no, John says, “if you never ask, you never get the deal, right?” Instead of taking John, the president took a letter for Nixon, which earned John an audience with the President of the United States. “The good news: I spent twenty minutes as a college freshman with the most powerful man in the world. The bad news: I spent eighteen years in congress, and it didn’t add up to twenty minutes!”

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