COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Rep. John Kasich and his wife are the parents of twin girls.

Emma and Reese were born Sunday at Ohio State University Medical Center. They are the first children for the Ohio Republican and his wife, Karen.

``Karen is doing great, and the babies are doing great,'' Kasich said.

The twins were not due until next month. They are expected to remain in the hospital for several days until they gain weight. Reese was born at 4 pounds, 3 ounces, and Emma, 4 pounds, 5 ounces.

Kasich, first elected to Congress in 1982, is retiring this year.