COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - After months of speculation, Ohio Gov. John Kasich launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday.
The 16th GOP hopeful for the White House made the official announcement at t his alma mater, Ohio State University in Columbus.
Currently in his second term as Ohio's leader, Kasich is often credited with balancing budget and cutting taxes.
After taking officer in 2011, he was met with a $8 billion deficit. Through a mixture of slashing state funding, reorganizing state agencies and casino revenue the state had a $1.5 billion surplus by 2014.
Under Kasich's direction, more than $3 billion dollars in taxes were also eliminated.
Kasich also has taken on jobs in the Buckeye state. His first major piece of legislation was JobsOhio. According to the website KasichforOhio.com, between 2011 and 2014 Ohio added 238,200 private sector jobs.
Two areas where Kasich has been more widely criticized are education and healthcare.
In the past, he has supported the controversial Common Core standards for education, a set of educational goals that students must meet in each grade level. He has also pushed for teacher compensation to be tied to student performance.
Besides New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kasich is the only other GOP contender to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, a move that has brought criticism that he is not conservative.
Under the expansion, 578,000 Ohioans were eligible for Medicaid.
This is Kasich's second attempt for the White House. He pulled out of the 2000 presidential race.