Dennis Kucinich
Dennis John Kucinich is the U.S. Representative
United States House of Representatives
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 for , serving since 1997. He was furthermore a candidate for the Democratic nomination
Democratic National Convention
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 for President of the United States
President of the United States
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 in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections.

The district includes most of western Cleveland as well as suburbs such as Parma
Parma, Ohio
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 and Lakewood
Lakewood, Ohio
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. He is currently the chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee
United States House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Domestic Policy
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 of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He is also a member of the Education and Labor Committee.

From 1977 to 1979, Kucinich served as the 53rd mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, a tumultuous term in which he survived a recall election and was successful in a battle against selling the municipal electric utility
Electric utility
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 before being defeated for reelection by George Voinovich
George Voinovich
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Through his various governmental positions and campaigns, Kucinich has attracted attention for consistently delivering "the strongest liberal" perspective.
This perspective and his actions, such as bringing articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
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 and Vice President Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney
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, and being the only Democratic candidate in the 2008 election to have voted against invading Iraq
2003 invasion of Iraq
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Kucinich was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 8, 1946, as the eldest of the seven children of Frank and Virginia Kucinich.

I am running for President of the United States to enable the goddess of peace to encircle within her reach all the children of this country and all the children of the world.

Speech, Cleveland City Council (13 October 2003)

America stands strongest in challenging terrorism when we do not give up an inch of our civil liberties.

Speech, Cleveland City Council (13 October 2003)

I believe sincerely that we should bring in U.N. peacekeepers and bring our troops home.

Democratic National Candidates Debate, Goffstown, New Hampshire (22 January 2004)

I took the position of organizing 126 Democrats who voted against the Iraq war resolution. And I happen to think it was the right position.Today we're faced with over 500 casualties, a cost of over $200 billion, and it could rise — the casualties could go into the thousands and the costs could go over a half trillion if we stay there for years, as a number of people on this stage intend to see happen.

Democratic National Candidates Debate, Goffstown, New Hampshire (22 January 2004)