John Kasich

by bearboy on April 28, 2015

Birth Name: John Richard Kasich

Place of Birth: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 13, 1952

*Rusyn or Czech (father)
*Croatian (mother)

John Kasich is an American politician. A Republican, he has served as Governor of Ohio, since January 10, 2011. He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, from January 3, 1983 to January 3, 2001, and Chairman of the House Budget Committee, from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2001.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2000 and 2016.

While he was not on the ballot, he received an electoral vote for President from a faithless elector in the 2016 presidential election.

John is the son of Anne B. (Vukovich) and John Kasich. His grandparents were all immigrants. He is married to business executive Karen Waldbillig Kasich, with whom he has two children.

His paternal grandparents are sometimes described as Czech, but were likely ethnic Rusyns.

John’s paternal grandfather was named Vasil/Karol/Charles/Charley Kasich. Vasil was born in Husnŷj, Ung County, Hungary, which was part of the Czechoslovak Republic in the 1920s.

John’s paternal grandmother was named Jevka/Eva/Eve Leikan/Lukan. Jevka was born in Suchŷj, Ung County, Hungary, also part of the Czechoslovak Republic in the 1920s.

John’s maternal grandfather was Anton/Anthony Vuković/Vukovich (the son of Dubovick Vukovich and Mondei Lublouna). Anton was Croatian, and was born in Stajnica.

John’s maternal grandmother was named Barbara Peckovich/Perkovich. Barbara was Croatian.

John is one of four people of significant Slavic ancestry to have won a major American political party’s Presidential caucus and/or primary. He won 1 state in 2016, Ohio. The other three people are:
*Harold Stassen (Republican; in 1944, he won 1 state, Nebraska; in 1948, he won 4 states; in 1952, he won 1 state, Minnesota; Stassen also sought the 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 Republican nominations; Stassen’s paternal grandmother was Czech)
*Edmund Muskie (1972; Democratic; won 4 states; Muskie was previously the 1968 Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States; Muskie was of Polish descent)
*Tom Harkin (1992; Democratic; won 1 state, Iowa; Harkin’s mother was of Slovene descent)

Other people of significant Slavic ancestry who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*George H. Bender (who sought the 1960 Republican nomination; Bender was of Czech descent)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s mother of Slovak descent)
*Dennis Kucinich (who sought the 2004 and 2008 Democratic nominations; Kucinich’s father was of Croatian descent)
*Gary Johnson (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination, and was the Libertarian Party’s 2012 and 2016 nominee for President of the United States; Johnson’s mother was of Ukrainian descent)
*Tim Pawlenty (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination; Pawlenty’s father was of Polish descent)

Sources: Genealogy of John Kasich –

John’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Article discussing John’s likely Rusyn ancestry –

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

bearboy October 30, 2017 at 5:06 pm
bearboy December 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Hi Follers, it’s bearboy. I apologize if this information is false but I believe Anthony Vukovich was the son of Dubovick Vukovich and Mondei Lublouna.

bablah December 19, 2016 at 4:50 pm

This Anton Vuković is born in Stajnica, Croatia. Is it the same one you’ve got. Mondei Lublouna doesn’t sound like a person you’d find in Lika.

follers December 19, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Where is this from?

bearboy December 19, 2016 at 7:24 pm I found a record of Anton Vukovich who was born in 1883 (the same year as it says on was married to Barbara and died in Pennsylvania, USA.

bearboy April 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Was I right about John Kasich’s great-grandparents?

follers April 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm

I don’t know. Bablah might.

bearboy April 17, 2017 at 6:37 pm

Oh okay. btw I found records I believe going further back on Johnny Galecki’s family tree on

bearboy April 17, 2017 at 6:42 pm

In all seriousness who are all of the administrator’s of ethnic celebs?

follers May 4, 2017 at 5:03 am

Sorry, I misunderstood the question. Yes, you were right.

madman December 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm
madman December 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

Should Czech be changed to Rusyn?

andrew May 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm

According to that article, Kasich’s father was ethnically Rusyn with any doubt.

allennox February 25, 2016 at 10:45 pm

I hope he doesn’t drop out he got the only chance at beating Donald trump and Hillary Clinton.

bearboy March 8, 2016 at 11:17 am

You’re right @allennox out of the four remaining Republicans John Kasich actually matches up best against Hillary Clinton. btw Jay Baruchel’s long lost relative Scott Walker was a candidate with 1/16th Slavic ancestry.

follers March 8, 2016 at 11:52 am

I think Scott Walker’s ancestor may have been an ethnic German. Sometimes it’s hard to figure those things out.

Anyway, I put in the phrase “significant Slavic ancestry” for that reason.

bearboy March 8, 2016 at 11:57 am

okay. btw random but why can’t most DNA companies identify Sephardic ancestry?

follers March 8, 2016 at 4:36 pm

I don’t know.

Greyface March 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

he is funded by GEORGE SOROS you imbecile

bearboy February 13, 2016 at 6:36 pm

Too bad I was hoping to find his Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors in the 800’s along with Reagan’s :-) You’re awesome Follers! Please if you find more of his family tree let @Bearboy know.

follers February 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Thank you.

bearboy February 13, 2016 at 5:46 pm

Shouldn’t Austrian be added to his ethnicity. I know his maternal grandparents were Croatian but his maternal great parents (I believe all four) were Austrian.

follers February 13, 2016 at 5:54 pm

What? I doubt he has any ethnic Austrian ancestry.

bearboy February 13, 2016 at 5:58 pm

John Kasich’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Vukovich (Peckovich) right? Father’s and mother’s birthplace according to this is both Austria!

bearboy February 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

sorry maternal grandmother

follers February 13, 2016 at 6:01 pm

The birthplaces of ethnic Croatians, Serbs, Czechs, and even Polish people was often listed as “Austria” (really the Austro-Hungarian Empire).

bearboy February 13, 2016 at 6:23 pm

@Follers, were you able to go back on John Kasich’s tree past his grandparents?

follers February 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm


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