John Boehner

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John Boehner
U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th Congressional District
From: January 3, 1991-present
Predecessor Buz Lukens
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Deborah L. Gunlack
Religion Roman Catholic

John Andrew Boehner (pronounced "BAY-ner"), born November 17, 1949 (age 71), is the heroic U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district and the House Minority Leader for the Republicans in the 111th Congress. Before Republicans lost control of the House in November 2006, he was elected Majority Leader upon the resignation of Tom DeLay because of allegations of campaign fundraising irregularities.

If Republicans were to win 40+ seats and regain control of the House in 2010, he would likely become Speaker of the House. Boehner has a strongly conservative voting record on all major issues.


Boehner was born to a German Catholic family in Cincinnati; he was second among 12 children. After working in his family restaurant he graduated from Xavier University in 1977. Fresh out of college Boehner joined Nucite Sales, a small plastics sales company. He was promoted up the ladder and eventually became president of the company, resigning when he was elected to Congress. He was elected to local offices and served in the state legislature, 1984-90. In 1990 he was elected to Congress from the suburban-rural district north of Cincinnati; it is a Republican stronghold, that gave George W. Bush 64% of the presidential vote in 2004 and John McCain 61% in 2008.

United States Congress

Soon after he was first elected, Boehner helped to expose the House banking scandal, which revealed that many members were essentially writing bad checks. From 1995 to 1999, he was the House Republican Conference Chairman. He was the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee from 2001 until 2006, when he resigned to become House Majority Leader. Boehner is widely credited with championing the 1994 Contract With America, the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, and the passage of "No Child Left Behind Act." After Republicans lost control of the House in November of 2006, Boehner was elected by his colleagues to serve as House Minority Leader. Boehner takes a conservative position on most issues. He has worked to lower income and inheritance taxes, arguing, "Americans are being taxed almost every moment of their lives. My goodness, when they are dead, do we have to tax them again?" [1]

In the 111th Congress, Boehner was successful in persuading the Republican leadership to unanimously vote against Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package. In 2009, Boehner offered an equivalent to a filibuster when he spent an hour reading from the 1200-plus page cap and trade climate change bill that was amended less then a day before the House of Representatives voted on it. Critics argue it would impose a national energy tax, which would result in job loses, and raise electricity bills. When asked why he read portions of the bill, he told the Hill newspaper, "People deserve to know what's in this pile of s--t." [2]

Boehner was asked about the healthcare reform plan the Democrats are trying to "ram through" Congress, which Boehner has referred to as a "garlic milkshake."

"Yesterday was rather interesting. I walked by a Democratic press conference where the Speaker of the House and other Democrat leaders [were] talking about how there were going to be no cuts for seniors, how they were protecting Medicare. Now I don't know how they can do this with a straight face."

"They're the ones offering some $500 billion in cuts to Medicare and yet they say it's not going to affect seniors." [3]

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  3. Rep. Boehner Accuses Obama of Subverting Constitution,, October 2, 2009