Kucinich was elected to the Cleveland City Council in 1969, when he was only 23. At the age of 31, he became the youngest mayor of a major American city. Because of his refusal to sell the municpal electrical utility to private interests, he lost his mayoral re-election campaign, although he later served on the same city council and was elected to the state senate. In 1996, Kucinich was elected to Congress and served until the state was redistricted in 2013 and his district was eliminated. Kucinich has served as the Chair and the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and is a member of the Animal Protection Caucus.
Kucinich remains politically active, with updates posted on KucinichAction.com.
Kucinich on Veganism:
I hold the distinction of being the only vegan in Congress. I made this lifestyle change many years ago, because I consider all life on our Earth to be sacred. As a vegan, I choose not to eat any animals or animal products. I strive to live my life in accordance with my convictions, and any other choice of diet would defy my ideals and, in my judgment, be hypocritical.Kucinich has also said that if he were dictator of the U.S. for one day, he would order everyone to eat vegan chocolate chip brownies.
Kucinich on Animal Rights:
It is our sense of interconnection with all living things that brings us to respect the rights of animals; to understand that animals are not to be "lower than"; that animals should not have less of a claim to existence, less of a claim to the possibility of survival, less of a claim to dignity . . . I would include advocacy of animal rights in the Department of Peace, which I have already proposed to Congress.Kucinich was the only member of Congress to vote against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.