Dennis Kucinich Fast Facts
Here is a look at the life of Dennis Kucinich, former Ohio congressman.
Birth date: October 8, 1946
Birth place: Cleveland, Ohio
Birth name: Dennis John Kucinich
Father: Frank Kucinich, a truck driver
Mother: Virginia (Norris) Kucinich
Marriages: Elizabeth (Harper) Kucinich (2005-present); Sandra Kucinich (1977-1986, divorced); Helen Kucinich (divorced)
Children: with Sandra Kucinich-Horn: Jackie
Education: Case Western Reserve University, B.A., 1973, and M.A., 1974
Religion: Roman Catholic
Is a vegan.
Against the war in Iraq and proposed creating a federal department of peace.
Was anti-abortion while in Congress, but in 2002 he changed his position to support a woman’s right to have a legal abortion.
When Kucinich was mayor of Cleveland, the city defaulted on close to $15 million in loans.
1969-1975 – Serves on the Cleveland City Council.
1975-1977 – Clerk of the Cleveland Municipal Court.
1977-1979 – Mayor of Cleveland. At 31, he is the youngest person at that time ever elected mayor of a major US city.
1979 – Loses his reelection bid to a Republican candidate.
1983-1985 – Serves on the Cleveland City Council.
1994-1996 – Ohio State Senator.
1996 – Is elected as a US Representative from Ohio’s 10th District.
February 2003 – Files paperwork with the FEC to form a presidential exploratory committee.
October 13, 2003 – Formally announces his candidacy for president.
July 22, 2004 – Endorses Senator John Kerry for president.
December 12, 2006 – Announces he is running for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
2007 – Kucinich’s autobiography, “The Courage to Survive,” is published.
January 24, 2008 – Drops out of the presidential race.
November 2010 – Elected to his eighth term in the House of Representatives.
January 2011 – Settles his $150,000 lawsuit against the House of Representatives cafeteria for serving him an olive with a pit in it in 2008.
March 6, 2012 – Loses primary to fellow Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Redistricting causes Kaptur and Kucinich to have to face each other.
May 16, 2012 – Announces he will retire from Congress at the end of his term, after deciding against relocating to run for Congress in Washington state.
January 2013–January 2018 – Fox News contributor.
April 2013 – Kucinich joins the Advisory Board of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
January 17, 2018 – Announces he is running for governor of Ohio.
May 8, 2018 – Loses the Democratic primary for Ohio’s governor to Richard Cordray.
June 8, 2021 – Kucinich’s memoir, “The Division of Light and Power,” is released.
September 14, 2021 – Kucinich finishes third in Cleveland’s mayoral primary. The top two candidates will advance to the general election.
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