Kucinich (b. October 8 ,1946) is an
American politician currently representing
the 10th Congressional District of Ohio in
the United States House of
Representatives. He is a candidate for the
Democratic nomination for President of the
United States in the 2008
grew up poor, one of seven children, the
son of Croatian immigrants. At times in
his childhood in the 1950s, the Kucinich
family resorted to living in their car.
His political career began with his
surprise win in the 1969 Cleveland City
Council election. He was 23 years old at
the time. He later leaped to relative
political fame by winning the Mayoral
election to lead Cleveland in 1976 and
becoming the youngest mayor of a major
city in the United States. He survived a
bitter recall election but then lost his
re-election bid in 1978. The major
controversy involved his refusal to sell
the municipally-owned electrical utility
to private industry.
ran for Congress in 1996, winning the 10th
Congressional District as a Democrat. In
2004, he entered the race for the
Democratic Presidential nomination, and
though he stood little chance against
better known and better financed opponents
such as Howard Dean, John Edwards, and the
eventual winner, John Kerry, Kucinich made
a name for himself as an outspoken
progressive touting a very liberal stance
on issues such as environmental
protection, gay rights, worker rights, the
and women's issues. Kucinich also stood
out from all other candidates through his
vegan lifestyle, refusing to eat
meat/animal products or wear leather or
any animal product/clothing.
January, 2007, Kucinich entered the 2008
race for the Democratic nomination. In
Iowa, New Hampshire and the other caucus
and primary states, he never took more
than 2% of the vote, and was kept out of
several crucial debates. His constant
campaigning for president helped make him
seem vulnerable in his home district,
Ohio's 10th Congressional District. Four
challengers to his congressional seat
appeared, and that, along with his
lackluster showing in the Democratic
primaries, caused Dennis Kucinich to drop
out of the Presidential race on January
2010 Census, Ohio lost a congressional
district, and Dennis Kucinich publicly
claimed that the Republican legislature in
Ohio would eliminate his district or
re-draw the district's boundaries to force
him out of his Cleveland district. With
those possibilities in mind, Kucinich
began making numerous public appearances
in Washington (the State, not the city),
and speculation began as to whether he was
planning on moving to Washington and run
for Congress there, either in the
not-yet-created new district Washington
was allotted after the Census, or in the
1st Congressional District. The incumbent
in the Washington 1st Distict, Jay Inslee,
is considered a possible candidate for
governor, which would leave his seat
Works by Dennis
Dennis J. and Studs Turkel.
Prayer for America.
Nation Books, 2003
Dennis J. The
Courage to Survive.
Phoenix Books, 2007
and Resources on a possible Kucinich move
Kucinich turn WA-01 red in
Air, May 28, 2011
Kucinich Presidential 2008 platform
a single-payer system of universal
health care that provides full coverage
for all Americans.
immediate withdrawal of all U.S. Forces
from Iraq and replacing them with an
international security force.
quality education for all, including
free Pre-K and college for all who want
withdrawal from the WTO (World Trade
Organization)and NAFTA (North American
Free Trade Agreement).
the USA PATRIOT Act.
a world of international cooperation.
the death penalty.
renewal and clean energy.
the privatization of social security.
full social security benefits at age
a cabinet-level "Department of Peace"
the ABM Treaty and the Kyoto Protocol.
reforms to bring about instant-runoff
a woman's right-to-choose while
decreasing the number of abortions
performed in the U.S.
the war on drugs.
a balance between workers and
rural communities and family
Longworth House Office Building
Office - Lakewood:
Office - Parma:
Dennis J. and Studs Turkel. A Prayer for
America. Nation Books, 2003