BIO

Dennis Kucinich's career in political
leadership spans over 40 years. As a courageous, 23-year-old college student, Kucinich jumped into politics and was elected to the city council in Cleveland, Ohio, where he grew up.
The eldest of seven children, Dennis had lived in more than 21 places during his childhood. His father, Frank, a truck driver, and his mother, Virginia, a housewife, struggled to make ends meet as their family grew. On a couple of occasions, the family found themselves homeless, living out of their car. These challenges shaped Kucinich into a political leader with the vision to see life clearly, the courage to stand on his convictions, and a deep desire to be of service to humanity.
After serving on the Cleveland City Council for six years, he was elected Clerk of the Municipal Courts. In 1977, at the age of 31, Kucinich was elected Mayor of Cleveland, making him the youngest leader of a major American city up until that time. His tenure as Mayor came at a pivotal time when privatization of utility companies brought tremendous pressure on him to sell the city's municipal elec-

tric system to a private company. With the courage and vision that have become his trademarks, Kucinich said no to the sale of the city's public utility. Banking interests responded by foreclosing on Cleveland's loans, sending the city into bankruptcy. Although the decision would later be applauded, he lost his reelection bid. Kucinich then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as an educator, consultant, radio talk-show host, and television news reporter. During this period he made many friends who would later encourage his leadership. He became inspired, and began writing about his vision for America. Upon his return to Ohio in 1993, he was welcomed home as a hero for his perseverance against pressures for privatization, which had saved Cleveland's utility customers $200 million over a ten-year period. In 1994 he won an election against a Republican incumbent to the Ohio State Senate, and in 1998 the Cleveland City Council honored him for "having the courage and foresight to refuse to sell the city's municipal electric system." After serving as an Ohio State Senator, Kucinich was elected to the United States Congress, again defeating a Republican incumbent. In February of 2002, his "Prayer for America" speech in Los Angeles inspired tens of thousands of emails, many urging him to run for President. He was the only Democratic Presidential Candidate in the race for the 2004 nomination who had voted in Congress against

Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich
the invasion of Iraq. When others in Washington bought the lies of weapons of mass destruction, Congressman Kucinich reviewed the same intelligence and came to a different conclusion—that Iraq was not responsible for 9/11, Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction, and the United States should not go to war against Iraq. Now he is recognized as the Democratic leader who had the wisdom and vision to predict what has happened to America: Hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, countless lives lost, and America's credibility in the world severely undermined. In addition, Kucinich is the champion of universal, singlepayer, not-for-profit healthcare. In his bid for the Presidency in 2008, Dennis Kucinich offers hope to millions of Americans seeking to fulfill the dream of lasting peace and prosperity, and health care as a basic human right.

DENNIS KUCINICH

U.S. Congressman and Presidential Candidate

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