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John Boehner
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61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 5, 2011 – October 29, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Nancy Pelosi
Succeeded by Paul Ryan
House Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Deputy Roy Blunt (2007–2009)
Eric Cantor (2009–2011)
Preceded by Nancy Pelosi
Succeeded by Nancy Pelosi
House Majority Leader
In office
February 2, 2006 – January 3, 2007
Deputy Roy Blunt
Preceded by Roy Blunt (Acting)
Succeeded by Steny Hoyer
Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Workforce
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2006
Preceded by William Goodling
Succeeded by Howard McKeon
Chairman of the House Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Dick Armey
Succeeded by J.C. Watts
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1991 – October 31, 2015
Preceded by Buz Lukens
Succeeded by TBD
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 57th district
In office
January 3, 1985 – December 31, 1990
Preceded by Bill Donham
Succeeded by Scott Nein
Personal details
John Andrew Boehner

November 17, 1949 (1949-11-17) (age 71)
Reading, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican

John Andrew Boehner (born November 17, 1949) is an American politician.

Boehner is a member of the Republican Party. He served in the Ohio State House from 1985 to 1990. In 1990, he became a Congressman (a member of the United States House of Representatives. Boehner resigned in early October 2015. He was succeeded by Paul Ryan on October 29, 2015.

In September 2016, Squire Patton Boggs, the third-largest lobbying firm in the U.S., announced that Boehner would join their firm. It was also announced that Boehner would become a board member of Reynolds American, the second biggest tobacco firm in the U.S., for an estimated annual salary of $400,000.

Early life

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John Boehner 2009

Boehner was born in Reading, Ohio, the second of twelve children. He grew up in modest circumstances, having shared one bathroom with his eleven siblings in a two-bedroom house in Cincinnati. He started working at his family's bar at age 8, a business founded by their grandfather in 1938. He has lived in Southwest Ohio his entire life.

Boehner attended Cincinnati's Moeller High School and was a linebacker on the school's football team, where he was coached by future Notre Dame coach Gerry Faust. Graduating from Moeller in 1968.

When the United States involvement in the Vietnam War was at its peak, Boehner enlisted in the United States Navy but was honorably discharged after eight weeks because of a bad back.

He earned his B.A. in business administration from Xavier University in 1977, becoming the first person in his family to attend college, taking seven years as he held several jobs to pay for his education.

Shortly after his graduation in 1977, Boehner accepted a position with Nucite Sales, a small sales business in the packaging and plastics industry. He was steadily promoted and eventually became president of the firm, resigning in 1990 when he was elected to Congress.

Political career

Speaker's Farewell
Speaker Boehner looks on the Speaker's balcony at the U.S. Capitol for one of the final times before leaving office

He has been in politics since 1985. He represents the area north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Boehner served as chair of several important committees before becoming Minority Leader in 2006. While minority leader, Boehner was one of the main people who were critical of President Obama. When the Republicans took back the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections, Boehner became Speaker of the House.

In September 2015, Boehner said he would step down as Speaker and that his resignation would be in effect on October 30. His resignation became in effect on October 29 with Paul Ryan succeeding him.

Personal life

Boehner and his wife Debbie were married in 1973, and live in the Wetherington section of West Chester Township. They have two daughters, Lindsay and Tricia. In February 2014, Boehner and his wife bought a $835,000 condo in Marco Island, Florida.

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