Dennis John Kucinich, a Democrat is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing 10th District of Ohio. He campaigned to be the Democratic Party's nominee for U.S. President in 2004. Although he attracted an ardent following (mostly from the Party's most liberal faction), he did not win any primaries. News articles and editorials published at the time he ran pondered what it would be like to have a Vegan elected as U.S. President for the first time.
As yet, we are uncertain whether Veganism functions as a religion for Dennis Kucinich, or whether it is simply a lifestyle choice. Veganism is a religion, but this belief system/lifestyle choice does not function as a religion for all Vegans. Rep. Dennis Kucinich's bio on his official website identifies him as a Vegan, but has no mention of any other religious denomination or congregation, including Catholicism.
From: "About Dennis" page on the official website of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (http://www.kucinich.us/bio.php; viewed 6 November 2005):
Dennis Kucinich's courageous and visionary presidential campaign excited a new generation of young Americans to involvement in the 2004 Democratic Primary elections. His speech to the 2004 Democratic Convention will long be remembered as a clarion call to purpose in the Democratic Party.
Kucinich's Presidential candidacy was a continuation of his challenge to the war in Iraq. He led 125 Democratic Members of Congress in opposition to the war. His "Prayer for America" speech in Los Angeles in February of 2002 inspired tens of thousands of emails, many urging him to run for President... He toured the country, warning America about the dangers of attacking a nation which did not attack us. Today he is seen as the prophet who predicted hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, countless lives lost, America's credibility in the world severely undermined. Today he insists that the United States must withdraw from Iraq...
In his fifth term in the United States House, Kucinich has been a leader for Universal Health Care, a full employment economy, fully-paid tuition at public colleges and universities, repeal of the Patriot Act, the development of bio-fuels as alternative energy and restoration of America's basic manufacturing and infrastructure... Kucinich has promoted a national health care system, preservation of Social Security, increased Unemployment Insurance benefits...
He not only believes in sustainability, he practices it. Congressman Kucinich is one of the few vegans in Congress, a dietary decision he credits not only with improving his health, but in deepening his belief in the sacredness of all species. In the 106th Congress, his call for labeling and safety testing of all genetically engineered foods provoked a $50 million advertising campaign by the biotech industry. Kucinich hosted an international parliamentary session, attended by officials of 18 countries, on the social, economic, political and health impact of genetic food technologies...
Dennis Kucinich is the 2003 recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award