John R. Kasich, governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019, will share insights about the future of the Republican party in a virtual event with the Cornell community on Feb. 17.
Kasich will have a conversation with former U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, director of the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs and professor of practice in the Department of Government. Questions from students and audience members will follow the dialogue.
The event, Feb. 17 at 5:45 p.m., is open to those with a Cornell NetID. Registration is required.
“The mission of the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs is to provide the Cornell community with access to key thought leaders and decision-makers on both sides of the aisle,” Israel said. “While our topics range widely – from the rise of anti-Semitism and hate groups to building better infrastructure and Brexit – our particular interest lies in the state of American democracy today. Gov. Kasich will provide an indelible perspective to our students on how we move forward after the Trump era.”
Kasich’s career has spanned the public and private sectors. He served as a member of Congress for 18 years, becoming chairman of the House Budget Committee. After leaving Congress in 2000, Kasich worked in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and as a commentator and television host at Fox News.
He is the author of four New York Times bestselling books, including “Two Paths: America Divided or United,” which reflects on his 2016 run for president and his hopes for America’s future.
As Ohio’s governor, Kasich was a leading voice in promoting bipartisan solutions to health care reform, immigration and international trade. He was one of few Republicans to advocate for Medicaid’s expansion. Kasich also closed an $8 billion budget shortfall without increasing taxes.
Now a senior political commentator on CNN, Kasich is considered a moderate Republican who has often advocated for unity.
“The Future of the Republican Party: A Conversation with John Kasich” is sponsored by the Department of Government in the College of Arts and Science, and is made possible by support from the John H. Wisner Fund
Jessica Ames is program coordinator for the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs.