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   Dennis Kucinich

CANDIDATE INFORMATION

Party

Democratic

 

Home

12217 Milan Ave, , Cleveland, OH 44111 USA

Website

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Born

10/8/1946

Died

Alive

Database Record

Entered on 4/11/2004, Updated 5/19/2013

Biography

Dennis' Early Years The oldest of seven children, Dennis was born in 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank and Virginia Kucinich. The family lived in 21 places, including a couple of cars, by the time he was 17 years-old. One of his most vivid memories was watching his family count out money on an old white counter top to see if they had enough for their bills. He attended Catholic grade and high schools. One nun, noticing that other students were commenting on the fact that he seemed only to wear one purple pair of pants, obtained another pair for him. Such acts of kindness and compassion seared themselves into his memory and led him to a life of public service. At 17 he left home, took jobs as an orderly and also as a copy editor while enrolling full-time at Case Western University. After graduation he began his political career serving as a councilman and later as Clerk of Courts. At 31, he ran for mayor of Cleveland attempting to become the youngest mayor of a major American city in history. Mayor of Cleveland and Muni-Light He was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1977 on the promise to save the city's municipally-owned electric system which offered customers significantly lower rates than the private utility. A year later, Cleveland's banks demanded that he sell the city’s 70 year-old municipally-owned electric system to its private competitor (in which the banks had a financial interest) as a precondition of extending credit to the city. The attempted political blackmail failed as did several assassination attempts. He remembered his parents counting out coins on the dresser and refused to sell the people's power. In an incident unprecedented in modern American politics, the Cleveland banks plunged the city into default for a mere $15 million despite being offered triple collateral to protect the loan. The principled stand destroyed his political career. He lost his reelection bid. He was demonized as the mayor who threw Cleveland into default. Fifteen years later, the citizens of Cleveland - recognizing he had saved them hundreds of millions of dollars in municipal power bills and also forced the private utility to keep bills low to compete – voted him into the Ohio Senate. His campaign signs featured a light bulb and the expression "Because he was right." In 1998 the Cleveland City Council honored Dennis for "...having the courage and foresight to refuse to sell the city's municipal electric system." U.S House of Representatives In 1996, Dennis unseated a two-term Republican incumbent. He has followed that narrow victory by winning 60 to 70% of the votes in the following elections. Much of those vote totals were achieved because of outstanding constituent services and his successful efforts to save a local steel mill, two neighborhood hospitals, and 10th District cities a dramatic - and disruptive - increase in train traffic. At the same time his reputation as a progressive leader in the Congress grew. He was voted the chair of the Progressive Caucus because of his passionate commitment to peace, human rights, workers rights, economic justice and the environment. In 2002 the second great challenge of his elected career occurred. After analyzing the "evidence" presented by the Administration in its rush to folly in Iraq and actually reading the National Intelligence Estimate, he stepped forward to help lead 125 Democrats in voting against the blank check for the President to wage an illegal, immoral and ineffective war. Speaking from the floor of the House some 140 times against the war and appearing on over 100 radio and talk shows was a risky political move. But it did not stop him. The neo-cons and their complicit friends in media engaged in a frenzy of caustic name calling. In Feb. of 2003 when Dennis explained on Meet the Press that oil was a key causal factor for the war and that our troops would be trapped in a costly door-to-door war, administration zealot Richard Perle insisted Dennis' comments were "scurrilous" and "an out-and-out lie." Richard Cohen of the Washington Post chimed in to agree with Perle calling a Congressman who saw no evidence of WMDs and did see oil as a cause for war a "fool." Other "mainstream" opinion commentators called him a "clown" and worse for not seeing the clear evidence of WMDs. For his tireless and courageous efforts he was awarded the Gandhi Peace Award in 2003. In 2006 when Israel and Hezbollah were facing off, Dennis again stepped forward for peace. As the Administration gave a green light to Israel and the Republican Congress sat silent – again – Dennis warned that the conflict and the ensuing deaths would make peace even more intractable. And now as the Israeli and Lebanese governments teeter from public criticism, his words ring true. It was not the first nor, hopefully, will it be the last time Dennis Kucinich ignored political dangers to do the right thing. After all, it is his life story.

Sources

http://kucinich.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45&Itemid=2


NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

1/16/2013

News

Dennis Kucinich Signs as Fox News Contributor

12/20/2012

Statement

Kucinich: Obama’s Social Security cuts mean a ‘Cat Food Christmas’ for seniors

12/17/2012

Statement

Dem renews call for 'Department of Peace' after Conn. shooting

5/16/2012

Announcement

Dennis Kucinich opts out of Washington state race, will retire

4/16/2012

General

Kucinich asks for online votes on whether or not to run in Washington

3/10/2012

Commentary

Dennis Kucinich and “wackiness”

3/8/2012

Interview

Dennis Kucinich: Another election ‘very unlikely’

3/8/2012

General

Kucinich doesn't close the door on running for Congress in Washington state

3/7/2012

Commentary

What America Lost When Dennis Kucinich Lost

3/8/2012

Profile

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich hailed by colleagues after primary loss

3/7/2012

Announcement

Kucinich won't run in Washington state, despite loss

2/29/2012

General

Kucinich camp won't knock down Washington option

1/19/2012

Proposed Legislation

Kucinich proposes public financing to overturn Citizens United ruling

9/14/2011

Announcement

We Have a District!

8/23/2011

Statement

Kucinich: Libyan foray represents ‘new international gangsterism’

6/22/2011

Blog Entry

Kucinich returning to Seattle; will speak at comedy club

6/4/2011

News

'Sign of the apocalypse': Kucinich's Libya bill gets GOP support

6/1/2011

News

GOP fears Kucinich resolution

5/25/2011

General

Will Travel for District: History's Notable Carpetbaggers

5/19/2011

Op-Ed by Candidate

Saying No to Permanent Global War

3/21/2011

News

Dennis Kucinich: Libya Air Strikes Could Be 'Impeachable Offense'

1/26/2011

News

Kucinich sues Longworth cafeteria over olive pit in sandwich: report

12/14/2010

Announcement

Rep. Dennis Kucinich drops Oversight Committee bid

11/13/2010

Analysis

Kucinich will face the squeeze in 2012

11/23/2010

News

Kucinich Calls QE2 Hearing

11/16/2010

News

Dennis Kucinich wants top Democrat oversight post

3/17/2010

Statement

Kucinich: I'll still pursue 'Medicare for all'

3/17/2010

Blog Entry

Dennis Kucinich Looks So Excited To Vote Yes!

3/15/2010

Commentary

Thank You, Dennis Kucinich

3/15/2010

News

Obama Brings Dennis Kucinich on Air Force One for Health Care Speech

3/15/2010

Commentary

I'm Down With Dennis

11/5/2009

News

Republic of Hungary Honors Congressman Kucinich

10/2/2009

Announcement

Congressmen Kucinich & LaTourette Tape Comedy Skits for Jay Leno

8/14/2009

Interview

Kucinich Predicts Retreat On Health Care Reform

7/31/2009

Press Release

Kucinich Secures $8 Million For Gulf War Veterans Illness Research

7/30/2009

Video

Kucinich: the Federal Reserve is paying banks NOT to make loans to struggling Americans!

7/23/2009

Commentary

Kucinich Keeps Single-Payer Alive

7/17/2009

Proposed Legislation

Rep. Dennis Kucinich passes amendment to let states establish their own health care programs

7/15/2009

Legal Ruling

Part of Rep. Dennis Kucinich's lawsuit against book publisher is dismissed

7/1/2009

Obituary

Congressman Dennis Kucinich's Brother, Frank Kucinich Jr., Died on Tuesday

6/24/2009

Statement

Dennis Kucinich Is No Fan of Proposed Energy Bill

6/17/2009

Speech

Kucinich: ‘Another $106 billion and all we get is a lousy war’

4/14/2009

Announcement

SEC tells Kucinich it is checking into Bank of America transparency on bonuses

3/31/2009

Announcement

Kucinich to probe $3.6 billion in Merrill Lynch bonuses

3/26/2009

News

Kucinich Sues Deadbeat Book Publisher

3/24/2009

Legal Ruling

Texas Democrats' loyalty oath legal, court says

3/16/2009

News

Kucinich wants House to investigate assassination claims

2/9/2009

News

U.S. lawmaker probing oversight of bank aid program

12/11/2008

Video

Kucinich: Our Automotive Industry Is Necessary To National Security

1/7/2009

Video

Kucinich: U.S. Weapons Used To Kill Children

1/8/2009

Video

Kucinich: Israel Is Killing Children With Your Tax Dollars

1/9/2009

Video

Kucinich Documents Israel's War Crimes on the Record

1/9/2009

Video

Kucinich: The Federal Reserve Is No More "Federal" Than Federal Express

1/13/2009

Video

Kucinich: 50 Percent of the Population of Gaza Under 14 Years of Age

1/14/2009

Video

Kucinich: We're Moving to Feudal Capitalism

1/15/2009

Video

Kucinich: A Post-Legal Era In World Affairs Has Taken Shape

1/22/2009

Video

Kucinich: It's "In God We Trust", Not "In Banks We Trust"

1/22/2009

Video

Kucinich: Were Israel's Security Needs Influenced By The U.S. Calendar?

1/26/2009

Video

Kucinich: Don't Nationalize the Banks, Nationalize the Fed

1/26/2009

Blog Entry

Kucinich Leads Trend for Even Handed Foreign Policy

1/14/2009

Commentary

Kucinich to Introduce Gaza Ceasefire Resolution - Who Will Co-sponsor?

1/14/2009

Press Release

Dennis Kucinich Wins PETA Proggy Award

11/12/2008

Obituary

Congressman Kucinich's sister dies

11/11/2008

Press Release

"Family Angel" Beth Ann Kucinich joins the angels

1/25/2008

Humor

Kucinich's Exit Stuns Lone Supporter

1/24/2008

Announcement

Kucinich Dropping Out Of Presidential Race

12/23/2007

Profile

Dennis Kucinich: Smart, brash and scrappy

12/19/2007

News

Rep. Kucinich's Brother Found Dead

11/28/2007

News

Kucinich poses 2-party ticket

10/30/2007

General

Kucinich questions Bush's mental health

10/23/2007

Amusing

Did Dennis Kucinich See a UFO ?

9/24/2007

News

Rep. Dennis Kucinich would not comment for story

9/11/2007

News

Rep. Dennis Kucinich Stands Alone Opposed to Sept. 11 Commemoration Resolution

7/19/2007

Blog Entry

Kucinich a "Liar and Hypocrite" on Debates

4/24/2007

News

Kucinich to unveil plan today to impeach Cheney

1/17/2007

News

Dennis Kucinich: Bring back the Fairness Doctrine

12/12/2006

News

Kucinich confident he can win his second bid for presidency

8/23/2005

Announcement

Kucinich Gets Hitched to British Woman

7/13/2005

News

Kucinich, 58, finds love, plans to wed this summer

7/22/2004

News

Kucinich to endorse Kerry's candidacy

4/15/2004

News

Kucinich reaffirms candidacy

3/11/2004

News

Kucinich released from hospital after being treated for flu

2/25/2004

Opinion

Ten for Kucinich

2/13/2004

News

Kucinich Wins Date on'Tonight Show'

1/15/2004

News

Kucinich Endorsed by Navajo Nation Coalition

12/11/2003

Amusing

Kucinich Wins Endorsement, Kiss From Date

11/12/2003

Amusing

Dennis Kucinich: Democrat, candidate, eligible bachelor

10/13/2003

News

Kucinich launches White House bid

8/7/2003

News

Kucinich Dismisses Dean's Liberalism

6/22/2003

Analysis

Campaign Pulls Bright Spot From Dark Story

6/20/2003

Endorsement

Ben & Jerry's Founder Endorses Kucinich For President

2/16/2003

General

Kucinich Plans to Launch Presidential Run


ELECTIONS

6/5/2012

US President - GRN Primary

G

Lost 0.00%

3/6/2012

OH District 9 - D Primary

D

Lost 40.02%

11/2/2010

OH - District 10

D

Won 53.05%

5/4/2010

OH - District 10 - D Primary

D

Won 100.00%

11/4/2008

OH - District 10

D

Won 57.02%

6/3/2008

US President - R Primaries

R

Lost 0.00%

6/3/2008

US President - D Primaries

D

Lost 0.27%

3/4/2008

OH District 10 - D Primary

D

Won 50.32%

1/8/2008

NH US Vice President - R Primary

R

Lost 0.07%

1/8/2008

NH US Vice President - D Primary

D

Lost 0.71%

11/7/2006

OH - District 10

D

Won 66.41%

5/2/2006

OH District 10- D Primary

D

Won 75.90%

11/2/2004

OH - District 10

D

Won 60.03%

7/29/2004

US President - D Convention

D

Lost 0.86%

6/26/2004

US President - G Convention

G

Lost 0.80%

6/9/2004

US President - D Primaries

D

Lost 3.81%

6/1/2004

US President - G Primaries

G

Lost 0.00%

3/2/2004

OH - District 10 - D Primary

D

Won 77.67%

3/2/2004

MN US President - IP Caucus

MNI

Lost 4.91%

11/5/2002

OH District 10

D

Won 74.06%

11/7/2000

OH District 10

D

Won 75.00%

11/3/1998

OH District 10

D

Won 66.77%

5/5/1998

OH District 10 - D Primary

D

Won 88.15%

11/5/1996

OH District 10

D

Won 49.06%

3/19/1996

OH District 10- D Primary

D

Won 77.22%

11/8/1994

OH State Senate 23

D

Won 55.68%

6/2/1992

OH District 19 - D Primary

D

Lost 17.91%

5/3/1988

OH District 20 - D Primary

D

Lost 23.26%

8/9/1983

Cleveland City Council - Ward 12 - Special Election

N

Won 56.20%

6/8/1982

OH Secretary of State- D Primary

D

Lost 27.31%

11/6/1979

Cleveland Mayor

N

Lost 43.82%

10/2/1979

Cleveland Mayor - Primary

N

Won 28.71%

11/8/1977

Cleveland Mayor

N

Won 50.81%

10/4/1977

Cleveland Mayor - Primary

N

Won 34.09%

11/5/1974

OH District 23

I

Lost 29.45%

11/6/1973

Cleveland City Council - Ward 07

N

Won 61.71%

11/7/1972

OH District 23

D

Lost 47.29%

5/2/1972

OH District 23 - D Primary

D

Won 50.79%

11/2/1971

Cleveland City Council - Ward 07

N

Won 100.00%

11/4/1969

Cleveland City Council - Ward 07

N

Won 50.24%

11/7/1967

Cleveland City Council - Ward 07

N

Lost 42.59%


FAMILY

Father

Frank Kucinich

Spouse

Elizabeth Kucinich (8/21/2005 to  )

Child

Jackie Kucinich


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