Here’s a look at the life of former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
Birthday date: October 8, 1946
Birth place: cleveland ohio
Birth name: Dennis John Kucinich
Father: Frank Kucinich, truck driver
Mother: Virginia (Norris) Kucinich
Weddings: Elizabeth (Harper) Kucinich (2005-present); Sandra Kucinich (1977-1986, divorced); Helen Kucinich (divorced)
Kids: With Sandra Kucinich-Horn: Jackie
Education: Case Western Reserve University, BA, 1973, and MA, 1974
Religion: Roman Catholic
He opposed the Iraq war and proposed the creation of a federal peacekeeping department.
He was anti-abortion in Congress, but changed his position in 2002 to support a woman’s legal right to an abortion.
When Kucinich was mayor of Cleveland, the city refused to approve a $15 million loan.
1969-1975 – He serves on the Cleveland City Council.
1975-1977 – Clerk of the Cleveland Municipal Court.
1977-1979 – Mayor of Cleveland. At the age of 31, he is the youngest elected mayor of a major US city at the time.
1979 – He loses his nomination bid against a Republican candidate.
1983-1985 – He serves on the Cleveland City Council.
1994-1996 – Ohio State Senator.
1996 – He has been elected as the US representative for Ohio’s 10th district.
February 2003 – Submits paperwork to the FEC to form a presidential exploratory committee.
October 13, 2003 – He formally announces his candidacy for president.
July 22, 2004 – He endorses Senator John Kerry for president.
December 12, 2006 – He announces that he will run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
2007 – Kucinich’s autobiography, “The Courage to Survive”, has been published.
January 24, 2008 – He drops out of the presidential race.
November 2010 – Elected to his eighth term in the House of Representatives.
January 2011 – Settles a $150,000 lawsuit against the House of Representatives cafeteria for serving an olive with a hole in it in 2008.
March 6, 2012 – She loses the primary to Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Redistricting causes Kaptur and Kucinich to face each other.
May 16, 2012 – He announces that he will retire from Congress at the end of his term, after deciding to relocate 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 – He announces that he is running for governor of Ohio.
May 8, 2018 – He loses the Democratic primary for governor of Ohio against Richard Cordray.
June 8, 2021 – Kucinich’s memoir, “The Division of Light and Power,” has been released.
September 14, 2021 – Kucinich finished third in Cleveland’s mayoral primary. The top two candidates will move on to the general election.