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  Kucinich, Dennis J.
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NameDennis J. Kucinich
Address12217 Milan Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44111, United States
Born October 08, 1946 (74 years)
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Last ModifedRBH
Oct 28, 2020 02:41pm
Tags Caucasian - Slovak - Divorced - Married - Union Member - Catholic - Straight -
InfoDennis' Early Years

The oldest of seven children, Dennis was born in 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank and Virginia Kucinich. The family lived in 21 places, including a couple of cars, by the time he was 17 years-old. One of his most vivid memories was watching his family count out money on an old white counter top to see if they had enough for their bills. He attended Catholic grade and high schools.

One nun, noticing that other students were commenting on the fact that he seemed only to wear one purple pair of pants, obtained another pair for him. Such acts of kindness and compassion seared themselves into his memory and led him to a life of public service.

At 17 he left home, took jobs as an orderly and also as a copy editor while enrolling full-time at Case Western University. After graduation he began his political career serving as a councilman and later as Clerk of Courts. At 31, he ran for mayor of Cleveland attempting to become the youngest mayor of a major American city in history.

Mayor of Cleveland and Muni-Light

He was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1977 on the promise to save the city's municipally-owned electric system which offered customers significantly lower rates than the private utility. A year later, Cleveland's banks demanded that he sell the city’s 70 year-old municipally-owned electric system to its private competitor (in which the banks had a financial interest) as a precondition of extending credit to the city.

The attempted political blackmail failed as did several assassination attempts. He remembered his parents counting out coins on the dresser and refused to sell the people's power. In an incident unprecedented in modern American politics, the Cleveland banks plunged the city into default for a mere $15 million despite being offered triple collateral to protect the loan.

The principled stand destroyed his political career. He lost his reelection bid. He was demonized as the mayor who threw Cleveland into default. Fifteen years later, the citizens of Cleveland - recognizing he had saved them hundreds of millions of dollars in municipal power bills and also forced the private utility to keep bills low to compete – voted him into the Ohio Senate. His campaign signs featured a light bulb and the expression "Because he was right." In 1998 the Cleveland City Council honored Dennis for "...having the courage and foresight to refuse to sell the city's municipal electric system."

U.S House of Representatives

In 1996, Dennis unseated a two-term Republican incumbent. He has followed that narrow victory by winning 60 to 70% of the votes in the following elections. Much of those vote totals were achieved because of outstanding constituent services and his successful efforts to save a local steel mill, two neighborhood hospitals, and 10th District cities a dramatic - and disruptive - increase in train traffic.

At the same time his reputation as a progressive leader in the Congress grew. He was voted the chair of the Progressive Caucus because of his passionate commitment to peace, human rights, workers rights, economic justice and the environment.

In 2002 the second great challenge of his elected career occurred. After analyzing the "evidence" presented by the Administration in its rush to folly in Iraq and actually reading the National Intelligence Estimate, he stepped forward to help lead 125 Democrats in voting against the blank check for the President to wage an illegal, immoral and ineffective war.

Speaking from the floor of the House some 140 times against the war and appearing on over 100 radio and talk shows was a risky political move. But it did not stop him. The neo-cons and their complicit friends in media engaged in a frenzy of caustic name calling. In Feb. of 2003 when Dennis explained on Meet the Press that oil was a key causal factor for the war and that our troops would be trapped in a costly door-to-door war, administration zealot Richard Perle insisted Dennis' comments were "scurrilous" and "an out-and-out lie." Richard Cohen of the Washington Post chimed in to agree with Perle calling a Congressman who saw no evidence of WMDs and did see oil as a cause for war a "fool." Other "mainstream" opinion commentators called him a "clown" and worse for not seeing the clear evidence of WMDs.

For his tireless and courageous efforts he was awarded the Gandhi Peace Award in 2003.

In 2006 when Israel and Hezbollah were facing off, Dennis again stepped forward for peace. As the Administration gave a green light to Israel and the Republican Congress sat silent – again – Dennis warned that the conflict and the ensuing deaths would make peace even more intractable. And now as the Israeli and Lebanese governments teeter from public criticism, his words ring true.

It was not the first nor, hopefully, will it be the last time Dennis Kucinich ignored political dangers to do the right thing. After all, it is his life story.



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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jan 16, 2013 03:35pm News Dennis Kucinich Signs as Fox News Contributor  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Dec 20, 2012 01:40pm Statement Kucinich: Obama’s Social Security cuts mean a ‘Cat Food Christmas’ for seniors  Article Craverguy 
Dec 17, 2012 04:00pm Statement Dem renews call for 'Department of Peace' after Conn. shooting  Article Craverguy 
May 16, 2012 04:00pm Announcement Dennis Kucinich opts out of Washington state race, will retire  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Apr 16, 2012 10:55am General Kucinich asks for online votes on whether or not to run in Washington  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Mar 10, 2012 04:40am Commentary Dennis Kucinich and “wackiness”  Article Craverguy 
Mar 08, 2012 06:00pm Interview Dennis Kucinich: Another election ‘very unlikely’  Article Monsieur 
Mar 08, 2012 02:00pm General Kucinich doesn't close the door on running for Congress in Washington state  Article COSDem 
Mar 08, 2012 12:00am Profile Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich hailed by colleagues after primary loss  Article Craverguy 
Mar 07, 2012 11:25pm Commentary What America Lost When Dennis Kucinich Lost  Article Craverguy 
Mar 07, 2012 05:40pm Announcement Kucinich won't run in Washington state, despite loss  Article Craverguy 
Feb 29, 2012 05:00pm General Kucinich camp won't knock down Washington option  Article COSDem 
Jan 19, 2012 12:00pm Proposed Legislation Kucinich proposes public financing to overturn Citizens United ruling  Article Craverguy 
Sep 14, 2011 12:05pm Announcement We Have a District!   Article Hikikomori Blitzkrieg! 
Aug 23, 2011 05:00am Statement Kucinich: Libyan foray represents ‘new international gangsterism’   Article Jason 
Jun 22, 2011 04:00pm Blog Entry Kucinich returning to Seattle; will speak at comedy club  Article Ralphie 
Jun 04, 2011 05:30am News 'Sign of the apocalypse': Kucinich's Libya bill gets GOP support  Article Craverguy 
Jun 01, 2011 01:45pm News GOP fears Kucinich resolution  Article Craverguy 
May 25, 2011 09:00pm General Will Travel for District: History's Notable Carpetbaggers  Article Jason 
May 19, 2011 12:00pm Op-Ed by Candidate Saying No to Permanent Global War  Article Craverguy 
Mar 21, 2011 02:35pm News Dennis Kucinich: Libya Air Strikes Could Be 'Impeachable Offense'   Article Picimpalious 
Jan 26, 2011 02:00pm News Kucinich sues Longworth cafeteria over olive pit in sandwich: report  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Dec 14, 2010 06:40pm Announcement Rep. Dennis Kucinich drops Oversight Committee bid  Article Craverguy 
Nov 23, 2010 04:45pm News Kucinich Calls QE2 Hearing  Article Craverguy 
Nov 16, 2010 05:05pm News Dennis Kucinich wants top Democrat oversight post  Article Craverguy 
Nov 13, 2010 05:00pm Analysis Kucinich will face the squeeze in 2012  Article Craverguy 
Mar 17, 2010 11:00pm Statement Kucinich: I'll still pursue 'Medicare for all'  Article Jason 
Mar 17, 2010 12:40pm Blog Entry Dennis Kucinich Looks So Excited To Vote Yes!  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Mar 15, 2010 11:35pm News Obama Brings Dennis Kucinich on Air Force One for Health Care Speech  Article Craverguy 
Mar 15, 2010 05:45pm Commentary Thank You, Dennis Kucinich  Article Craverguy 
Mar 15, 2010 05:00am Commentary I'm Down With Dennis  Article Craverguy 
Nov 05, 2009 04:20pm News Republic of Hungary Honors Congressman Kucinich  Article Craverguy 
Oct 02, 2009 09:50am Announcement Congressmen Kucinich & LaTourette Tape Comedy Skits for Jay Leno  Article Craverguy 
Aug 14, 2009 09:00pm Interview Kucinich Predicts Retreat On Health Care Reform  Article Craverguy 
Jul 31, 2009 10:50am Press Release Kucinich Secures $8 Million For Gulf War Veterans Illness Research  Article Craverguy 
Jul 30, 2009 05:00am Video Kucinich: the Federal Reserve is paying banks NOT to make loans to struggling Americans!  Article kal 
Jul 23, 2009 01:20pm Commentary Kucinich Keeps Single-Payer Alive  Article Craverguy 
Jul 17, 2009 06:00pm Proposed Legislation Rep. Dennis Kucinich passes amendment to let states establish their own health care programs  Article Craverguy 
Jul 15, 2009 02:30pm Legal Ruling Part of Rep. Dennis Kucinich's lawsuit against book publisher is dismissed  Article Craverguy 
Jul 01, 2009 03:00pm Obituary Congressman Dennis Kucinich's Brother, Frank Kucinich Jr., Died on Tuesday  Article Thomas Walker 
Jun 24, 2009 12:00pm Statement Dennis Kucinich Is No Fan of Proposed Energy Bill   Article Craverguy 
Jun 17, 2009 03:00pm Speech Kucinich: ‘Another $106 billion and all we get is a lousy war’  Article Craverguy 
Apr 14, 2009 12:00pm Announcement SEC tells Kucinich it is checking into Bank of America transparency on bonuses  Article Craverguy 
Mar 31, 2009 12:00pm Announcement Kucinich to probe $3.6 billion in Merrill Lynch bonuses  Article Craverguy 
Mar 26, 2009 03:50pm News Kucinich Sues Deadbeat Book Publisher  Article Craverguy 
Mar 24, 2009 12:00pm Legal Ruling Texas Democrats' loyalty oath legal, court says  Article Craverguy 
Mar 16, 2009 11:20am News Kucinich wants House to investigate assassination claims  Article Craverguy 
Feb 09, 2009 01:15pm News U.S. lawmaker probing oversight of bank aid program  Article Craverguy 
Jan 26, 2009 11:00pm Video Kucinich: Don't Nationalize the Banks, Nationalize the Fed  Not Available Craverguy 
Jan 26, 2009 10:10am Blog Entry Kucinich Leads Trend for Even Handed Foreign Policy  Article Craverguy 
Jan 22, 2009 01:00am Video Kucinich: Were Israel's Security Needs Influenced By The U.S. Calendar?  Not Available Craverguy 
Jan 22, 2009 12:00am Video Kucinich: It's "In God We Trust", Not "In Banks We Trust"  Not Available Craverguy 
Jan 15, 2009 01:00am Video Kucinich: A Post-Legal Era In World Affairs Has Taken Shape  Not Available Craverguy 
Jan 14, 2009 06:00pm Commentary Kucinich to Introduce Gaza Ceasefire Resolution - Who Will Co-sponsor?  Article Craverguy 
Jan 14, 2009 03:00pm Press Release Dennis Kucinich Wins PETA Proggy Award  Article Craverguy 
Jan 14, 2009 01:00am Video Kucinich: We're Moving to Feudal Capitalism  Not Available Craverguy 
Jan 13, 2009 02:00am Video Kucinich: 50 Percent of the Population of Gaza Under 14 Years of Age  Not Available Craverguy 
Jan 09, 2009 02:00am Video Kucinich: The Federal Reserve Is No More "Federal" Than Federal Express  Not Available Craverguy 
Jan 09, 2009 02:00am Video Kucinich Documents Israel's War Crimes on the Record  Not Available Craverguy 
Jan 08, 2009 02:00am Video Kucinich: Israel Is Killing Children With Your Tax Dollars  Not Available Craverguy 
Jan 07, 2009 02:00am Video Kucinich: U.S. Weapons Used To Kill Children  Not Available Craverguy 
Dec 11, 2008 02:00am Video Kucinich: Our Automotive Industry Is Necessary To National Security  Not Available Craverguy 
Nov 12, 2008 03:50pm Obituary Congressman Kucinich's sister dies  Article Thomas Walker 
Nov 11, 2008 12:00am Press Release "Family Angel" Beth Ann Kucinich joins the angels  Article Craverguy 
Jan 24, 2008 03:00pm Announcement Kucinich Dropping Out Of Presidential Race  Article Sarnstrom 
Dec 23, 2007 09:00pm Profile Dennis Kucinich: Smart, brash and scrappy  Article Gerald Farinas 
Dec 19, 2007 03:45pm News Rep. Kucinich's Brother Found Dead  Article Gerald Farinas 
Nov 28, 2007 08:00am News Kucinich poses 2-party ticket  Article Eddie 
Oct 30, 2007 05:00pm General Kucinich questions Bush's mental health  Article Thomas Walker 
Oct 23, 2007 10:00am Amusing Did Dennis Kucinich See a UFO ?  Article Servo 
Sep 24, 2007 11:00am News Rep. Dennis Kucinich would not comment for story  Article Servo 
Sep 11, 2007 12:00pm News Rep. Dennis Kucinich Stands Alone Opposed to Sept. 11 Commemoration Resolution  Article Thomas Walker 
Jul 19, 2007 01:00pm Blog Entry Kucinich a "Liar and Hypocrite" on Debates  Article Servo 
Apr 24, 2007 02:00pm News Kucinich to unveil plan today to impeach Cheney  Article The Sunset Provision 
Jan 17, 2007 12:55pm News Dennis Kucinich: Bring back the Fairness Doctrine  Article Servo 
Dec 12, 2006 05:00pm News Kucinich confident he can win his second bid for presidency  Article Servo 
Aug 23, 2005 06:50pm Announcement Kucinich Gets Hitched to British Woman  Article Monsieur 
Jul 13, 2005 10:00am News Kucinich, 58, finds love, plans to wed this summer  Article Thomas Walker 
Jul 22, 2004 12:00am News Kucinich to endorse Kerry's candidacy  Article DFWDem 
Apr 15, 2004 12:00am News Kucinich reaffirms candidacy  Article Gerald Farinas 
Mar 11, 2004 12:00am News Kucinich released from hospital after being treated for flu  Article ... 
Feb 25, 2004 12:00am Opinion Ten for Kucinich  Article The Oncoming Storm 
Feb 13, 2004 12:00am News Kucinich Wins Date on'Tonight Show'  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jan 15, 2004 12:00am News Kucinich Endorsed by Navajo Nation Coalition  Article User 215 
Dec 11, 2003 12:00am Amusing Kucinich Wins Endorsement, Kiss From Date  Article particleman 
Nov 12, 2003 12:00am Amusing Dennis Kucinich: Democrat, candidate, eligible bachelor  Article Servo 
Oct 13, 2003 12:00am News Kucinich launches White House bid  Article Servo 
Aug 07, 2003 12:00am News Kucinich Dismisses Dean's Liberalism  Article FreedomDemocrat 
Jun 22, 2003 12:00am Analysis Campaign Pulls Bright Spot From Dark Story  Article COSDem 
Jun 20, 2003 12:00am Endorsement Ben & Jerry's Founder Endorses Kucinich For President  Article User 13 
Feb 16, 2003 09:37am General Kucinich Plans to Launch Presidential Run  Article Mr. Techno 

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Wife Elizabeth Kucinich Aug 21, 2005-
Daughter Jackie Kucinich 1982-
Father Frank Kucinich 0000-
Brother Gary Kucinich 1951-

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