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Official portrait unveiled of former Ohio Gov. John Kasich

December 9, 2019 GMT
Former Gov. John Kasich, right, and his wife, Karen Kasich, pose in front of the official portrait of Kasich, Ohio’s 69th governor, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The painting, paid for with private donations, was done by John Seibels Walker, known for his portraits in the style known as the “Grand Manner.” Kasich is posed in front of the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial on the South Plaza at the Statehouse, a project championed by Kasich and finished in 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
Former Gov. John Kasich, right, and his wife, Karen Kasich, pose in front of the official portrait of Kasich, Ohio’s 69th governor, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The painting, paid for with private donations, was done by John Seibels Walker, known for his portraits in the style known as the “Grand Manner.” Kasich is posed in front of the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial on the South Plaza at the Statehouse, a project championed by Kasich and finished in 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
Former Gov. John Kasich, right, and his wife, Karen Kasich, pose in front of the official portrait of Kasich, Ohio’s 69th governor, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The painting, paid for with private donations, was done by John Seibels Walker, known for his portraits in the style known as the “Grand Manner.” Kasich is posed in front of the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial on the South Plaza at the Statehouse, a project championed by Kasich and finished in 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
Former Gov. John Kasich, right, and his wife, Karen Kasich, pose in front of the official portrait of Kasich, Ohio’s 69th governor, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The painting, paid for with private donations, was done by John Seibels Walker, known for his portraits in the style known as the “Grand Manner.” Kasich is posed in front of the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial on the South Plaza at the Statehouse, a project championed by Kasich and finished in 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
Former Gov. John Kasich, right, and his wife, Karen Kasich, pose in front of the official portrait of Kasich, Ohio’s 69th governor, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The painting, paid for with private donations, was done by John Seibels Walker, known for his portraits in the style known as the “Grand Manner.” Kasich is posed in front of the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial on the South Plaza at the Statehouse, a project championed by Kasich and finished in 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The official portrait of former Ohio. Gov. John Kasich was unveiled Monday at a packed Statehouse event.

The Republican governor held office from 2011 through 2018. The Capital Square Review and Advisory Board presented the portrait in the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Senate President Larry Obhof and Gov. Mike DeWine praised Kasich for his service and, in particular, for overseeing the state’s recovery from the Great Recession. Kasich was the state’s 69th governor and a long-time former congressman.

Kasich’s portrait was painted by John Seibels Walker, known for portraiture in the style known as the “Grand Manner.” The painting pictures the down-to-earth Kasich in an open suit jacket and tie in front of the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial on the Statehouse’s South Plaza. Kasich championed the memorial, finished in 2014.

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Private donations are used to pay for portraits of former Ohio governors, which hang on the first floor of the Statehouse.