Republican John Kasich, a former nine-term U.S. congressman and one-time potential presidential aspirant, is challenging Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland in this year's race for Ohio governor. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Kasich's life.
Is John Kasich married?
Who is John Kasich's wife?
She is the former Karen Waldbillig.
How old is John Kasich's wife?
Kasich's wife Karen is 46.
What does John Kasich's wife do for a living?
She is a former public relations executive.
How long have John Kasich and his wife been married?
They were married in March 1997, eight years after they first met.
How and when did John Kasich and his wife meet?
Kasich and his wife met when she was doing publicity for the Ohio State University football team and arranged photo shoots with local celebrities. As the Columbus Dispatch reported
, "Kasich later called her to praise the project, having told his chief of staff during the photo shoot, 'I've just seen the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.'"
Was John Kasich previously married?
Yes. John was married to Mary Lee Griffith in 1975. They divorced in 1980. They had no children. His former wife, who remarried, has campaigned for him after their divorce.
Does John Kasich have children?
Yes, he and his wife, Karen, have 10-year-old twin daughters, Emma and Reese.
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Read Kasich's full bio on his campaign website.
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