Karen Waldbillig Kasich (John Kasich’s Wife) Biography, Net Worth, Children, and Career

Who is Karen Waldbillig Kasich? 

Karen Waldbilig Kasich is an American business executive recognized as the wife of the 69th governor of Ohio, John Kasich. 

Previously, she served an agency centered on the health care and pharmaceutical industry named GSW Worldwide as a vice president. She has expertise in marketing, healthcare, and public relations, thanks to her 20 years of experience. 

Karen is a fitness enthusiast as she is ardent about running and marathons. She participated in the 2010 Air Force Marathon and completed it in 4 hours, 10 minutes, and 10 seconds. She is also involved in awareness campaigns related to children’s wellness and women’s heart health. 

How old is Karen Waldbiling Kasich?

Born on December 26, 1963, Karen Waldbiling Kasich is 60 years old. Her birthplace is Upper Arlington, Ohio whereas her zodiac sign is Capricorn.

How much is Karen Waldbillig Kasich’s net worth?

According to 2024, the estimated net worth of Karen Waldbillig Kasich is $15 million to $20 million.

Her husband John has the maximum contribution to their wealth count, which he acquired through politics and the Television industry.

It is reported that the Kasich family has a huge amount of investment in companies like Apple, American Electric Power, Pepsico, L Brands, and many more.

Husband: John Kasich

  • Born on May 13, 1952, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, John Kasich is an American politician and television news host who served as the 69th governor of Ohio (2011-2019). Currently, he is 72 years old. 
  • His father John Richard Kasich was from the Czech Republic, whereas his mother Anne Kasich was from Croatia both of who emigrated to the United States. He enrolled in Ohio State University and acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1974. 
  • Karen was his second wife as he was previously married to Mary Lee Griffith in 1975. The couple got divorced in 1980 due to personal reasons. 
  • Looking at his political career, John served in the Ohio State Senate from 1979 to 1983, the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 2001, and as Governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019. He also hosted a news/talk show named “From the Heartland with John Kasich” which was aired on Fox News Channel. 
  • “Two Paths: America Divided or United”, “Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul”,  It’s Up to Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change”, “Courage is Contagious”, “Every Other Monday” are the books that he has authored. 

When did Karen Waldbiling Kasich and John Kasich get married?

Waldbiling and John tied the knot in March 1997 in Ohio. Many renowned politicians, and activists, attended their wedding along with their close friends and family members. It was hosted with high security due to high-profile personalities present in the ceremony. 

How did they meet?

When she was working at her first job in a public relations firm, she did a project where she posted photos of official people including John on a referee page. The project was noticed by John and he was attracted to her. Gradually they started dating and wedded in March 1997.

How many children do John and Karen Kasich have?


John Kasich and Karen Kasich are blessed with twin daughters, Emma Kasich and Resse Kasich. 

Emma Kasich

Born on January 16, 2000. Emma Kasich is 24 years old. 

Emma enrolled at Worthington Christian School to acquire a High School Diploma. She then attended Clemson University in August 2018 before moving to Ohio State University where she graduated in Spring 2022 with a degree in psychology.

She is currently employed at Amgen as a Process Development Associate from July 2022. Before that, she was a research assistant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Emma also volunteered for Mom2B, a community-based nonprofit pregnancy program. She aims to be a Neonatologist. “@emmakasich” is her Instagram handle. 

Reese Kasich

Born on January 16, 2000. Resse Kasich is 24 years old. 

Reese joined Columbia College Chicago to acquire her bachelor’s degree in Arts. Her major is Fashion Business and Entrepreneurship, while her minor is Social Media and Digital Strategies. She graduated in May 2022.

Reese was simultaneously doing internships during the days of her bachelor’s. She interned at top companies like Victoria’s Secret Pink, Tres  Mimi, JMP Verdant Communication, and United Talent Agency.

She has been working as an Account Executive for the Private Equity Team since October 2022.

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How tall is she?

Karen Waldbillig Kasich stands 5 feet 6 inches tall (167 centimeters) whereas she weighs around 55 kilograms (120 pounds.)


Karen completed her primary education at a local school in Ohio. For her bachelor’s program, she enrolled at Ohio State University and acquired her degree in communications. 

Is Karen Waldbillig Kasich a politician?

She is not a politician, however, she represents the Republican party. 

Her Family Members and Relatives

FatherCharles Craig Waldbillig
MotherLeslie Moore Waldbillig
HusbandJohn Kasich
Grandparents (Father’s Side)Kristina, Anna, Julia, and Nicholas Ferraro
Grandparents (Mother’s Side)Gladys B. Moore and Harry Leslie Moore
Children (Daughters)Emma Kasich and Reese Kasich
SisterKristen Ferraro
Brother-in-lawMike Ferraro (Kristen’s Husband)
Nephews and NiecesKristina, Anna, Julia and Nicholas Ferraro
Aunt (Father’s Sister)Norma Day
CousinsLoren Steve (Patricia) Day,
Kenneth Craig (Mary Kaye) Day,
Diane (Brad) Dodge,
Susan (John) Moore-Mix,
Carol (David) Penfield
Uncle (Mom’s Brother)William B. (Nancy) Moore

Who are Karen Waldbillig Kasich’s parents?

Her father Charles Craig Waldbillig died on September 2, 2005, unexpectedly at Riverside Methodist Hospital and her mother Leslie Moore Waldbillig died on January 13, 2010, due to congestive heart failure.


Her father Charles Craig Waldbillig established Medex Inc., a medical equipment manufacturing company. It was later sold to Smiths Group for USD 625 million.

He was a graduate of Boston University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of World War II.

He underwent a heart by-pass operation at the Cleveland Clinic in 1966 and went on to live for 39 more years.

He lived most parts of his life in Naples, FL, and Columbus, OH. He was born on March 14, 1926, to Henry and Madlyn Waldbillig and died at the age of 79.


Her mother Leslie Moore Waldbillig was born on February 28, 1931, to Gladys B. Moore and Harry Leslie Moore.

She studied at Newton High School in Newton, MA, and graduated from Colby-Sawyer College of New London, NH with a degree in secretarial science.

She worked as secretary to the president of Alitalia Airlines, North America operations, and traveled around the world before getting married.

She died at the age of 78.