Dennis Kucinich is a famous political heavyweight in the USA. He is known for serving as mayor of Cleveland (1977–79) and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1997–2013). He also campaigned as a Democratic flag-bearer for the USA presidency in 2004 and 2008 but failed at this quest. He championed universal health care, free college tuition, rethinking trade agreements, reining in the surveillance state, bringing troops home, making huge investments in infrastructure and other causes that are now mainstream in American politicking.
The Biography of Dennis Kucinich
Dennis is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and was born on the 8th of October, 1946 as the eldest of seven children. His father was a truck driver and his mother a house lady. His family had lived in 21 places by the time he was 17, including inside cars and sometimes relied on charity to survive.
He attended Cleveland State University from 1967 to 1970. The first time he made a foray into politics, he won a seat on the Cleveland City Council in 1969. Dennis ran without success for the U.S. House of Representatives twice; running as a Democrat for the first time in 1972 and as an Independent for the second time in 1974.
In 1974 he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Communications from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He left the city council in 1975 and was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1977. At thirty-one years of age, he was the youngest mayor of a major city in America, earning him the nickname “the boy mayor of Cleveland.” Dennis Kucinich saved Cleveland’s public money as he refused to sell the city utility, which would have robbed the economy of the city. In 1998, Cleveland City Council honored him as it was estimated he saved $195 million of the city’s money. In 1996, Kucinich was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 10th district of Ohio.
He lost his seat in the congressional election in 2012 due to gerrymandering by Ohio’s Republican-controlled state legislature, who redistricted Ohio’s seats in such a way as to force their two least favorite members, Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur, to run against each other in the Democratic primary. In 2003, Kucinich was the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award, an annual award bestowed by the Religious Society of Friends-affiliated organization Promoting Enduring Peace.
Dennis Kucinich attempted to impeach Bush and Cheney and said that Barack Obama had done impeachable offenses. However, he criticized some House Democrats for attempting to start impeachment proceedings against President Trump, saying that the politics of Democrats had to change from being identified with impeachment. In 2007, Perry, his youngest brother, was found dead. His body was recovered from his apartment. The following year in 2008, his youngest sister also died.
Meet Dennis Kucinich’s Wife
Dennis Kucinich is currently married to his 3rd wife. She is a British organic food and vegan advocate who has produced two documentaries. They fell in love immediately when she visited his office with her boss from the American Monetary Institute on the 4th of May, 2005. They both described this initial interaction as “soul recognition.” Her stylish fashion sense has led to Vanity Fair magazine naming her among the nation’s “best dressed” political wives and Cleveland Magazine describing her as “Cleveland’s most interesting”.
Net Worth of the Former U.S. Representative
Dennis Kucinich’s estimated net worth is $384,502. Considering that he has worked with FOX, written books and delivered lectures all across the USA, the valuation is valid. He had financial issues in 1980 after his tenure as mayor ended. He struggled to find employment despite just finishing as a mayor and moved to Los Angeles, where he stayed with his friend, Shirley MacLaine who is a famous actress.
Dennis Kucinich then worked as a radio host, lecturer, and adviser for the next three years. It was a monetarily hard time for him. Without constant earnings, he almost defaulted on his property repayments, nearly losing the property back at his hometown, and had to borrow money from friends to not lose the property. On his 1982 income tax return form, Dennis Kucinich reported an income of $38.
The former U.S. Representative stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.7 meters). Interestingly, his wife stands far taller at a height of 6 feet (1.83 meters).