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Rep. John A. Boehner

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January 2006: " 1968, John earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1977.

Upon his graduation, he accepted a position with Nucite Sales, a small sales business in the packaging and plastics industry, and eventually became president of the firm. While working in the private sector, John entered the political arena – first serving as Union Township trustee from 1982 to 1984 and then as a representative to the Ohio state legislature from 1984 to 1990.

In 1990, he was elected to represent Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. During his tenure in the House, he has worked consistently to reform the federal government. His first two terms in the House were marked by an aggressive campaign to clean up Congress and make it more accountable to the American people. In fact, during his freshman year, Boehner and fellow members of the reform-minded "Gang of Seven" took on the House establishment and successfully closed the House Bank, uncovered "dine-and-dash" practices at the House Restaurant, and exposed drug sales and cozy cash-for-stamps deals at the House Post Office....

The success of John's reform-minded agenda earned him election to the House Republican leadership after the Republican election victories in 1994. While in Congress, John has never lost sight of the need for greater fiscal responsibility in the federal government - a hallmark of his career as a small business owner. As House Republican Conference Chairman in the 104th and 105th Congress, John was a powerful voice in the fight to force Washington to stick to the strict spending limits in the Balanced Budget Act. And in September 1999, as Vice-Chairman of the House Administration Committee, John joined House Speaker Dennis Hastert to announce the first-ever "clean" independent audit of the House – a reform he first called for as a member of the Gang of Seven in 1992..."

Third-Party Descriptions

November 2013: '“Promise after promise from this administration has turned out to be not true,” Mr. Boehner said. “So when it comes to this health care law, the White House doesn’t have much credibility. Now, let’s be clear. The only way to fully protect the American people is to scrap this law once and for all. There is no way to fix this.”'

January 2013: 'Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, said in a statement that House Republicans “hope the president is careful not to drag the debate to the left and ultimately disrupt the difficult work that is ahead in the House and Senate.”'

November 2011: 'And yet today Reagan’s professed followers go out of their way to avoid association with the very idea of compromise. Speaker John A. Boehner, pressed to explain why he would not try to compromise, said, “I reject the word.”'

June 2011: "A second bill, which had the strong support of Speaker John A. Boehner, would have prohibited money for military operations outside of support activities like search and rescue, aerial refueling, operational planning, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. It was intended to essentially end direct American combat activity like missile strikes while remaining supportive of NATO’s efforts."

May 2011: "On Capitol Hill last week, senior lawmakers warned that without answers to questions of possible Pakistani complicity in harboring Bin Laden, American aid could be imperiled. The House speaker, John A. Boehner, who visited Pakistan last month, told reporters on Thursday that the United States should remain engaged with Pakistan as an ally against terrorists, but that Pakistani leaders must prove their resolve in fighting terrorist groups."

January 2011: '“I don’t think anybody in this town believes that repealing Obamacare is going to increase the deficit,” the House speaker, John A. Boehner, declared at a news conference on Thursday, dismissing a report by the budget experts concluding that a repeal would add $230 billion to federal deficits from 2012 to 2021.'

January 2011: "Mr. Boehner’s dismissal of the report by the Congressional Budget Office, at his first formal news conference as speaker, was the latest salvo in the battle over the health care law. White House officials on Thursday said they were stepping up efforts to defend the law, with a new rapid-response operation to rebut Republican claims and to deploy supporters to talk about the benefits of the law."

December 2010: "But the ruling seemed likely to create confusion among the public and to further destabilize political support for a law that is under fierce attack from Republicans in Congress and in many statehouses. Party leaders, including the incoming House speaker, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, quickly used the opinion to reiterate their call for repealing the law."

June 2010: '“They want to use their majority here in the House to silence their political opponents for just one election,” the House Republican leader, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, said in a floor speech. “They have produced a bill full of loopholes designed to help their friends while silencing their political opponents.”'

May 2010: 'The House Republican leader, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, made a similar point. “This subject is too important and affects too much of our economy to be written in its final stages by a select few Democrats and lobbyists behind closed doors,” he wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.'

March 2010: '"I know many Americans are angry over this health-care bill, and that Washington Democrats just aren't listening," Boehner told Fox News Channel. "But, as I've said, violence and threats are unacceptable. That's not the American way. We need to take that anger and channel it into positive change. Call your congressman, go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, make your voice heard -- but let's do it the right way."'

March 2010: '“It’s disappointing that Speaker Pelosi and Democratic leaders let this situation go on this long — especially after promising to preside over the most honest, open, and ethical Congress in history,” Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, said in a statement.'

August 2009: 'A campaign on conservative talk radio, fueled by President Obama's calls to control exorbitant medical bills, has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life "rationing" and even "euthanasia"....House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) said they object to the idea because it "may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia."'

September 2008: "Republicans including House Minority Leader John Boehner objected to the proposal as putting taxpayers on the hook for what could be potentially huge losses, according to the summary by The Washington Post. Boehner and his colleagues are backing an alternative that would involve a rescue plan financed by the banks themselves, not taxpayers. (Because their party controls the Congress, Democratic leaders don't actually need Republican support. They want it anyway for political cover.)"

July 2008: "House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington separately have called for an ethics investigation into the congressman's fundraising for the Rangel Center. The group also plans to ask the ethics committee and the Federal Election Commission to investigate Rangel's apartment rentals. Another group, the National Legal and Policy Center, also has asked the FEC to investigate."

July 2008: "Democratic Congressional leaders on Tuesday pushed back their timetable for approving emergency housing legislation after Republicans voiced growing skepticism and, in some cases, angry opposition to the Bush administration's proposal to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-chartered mortgage finance companies....Republican lawmakers — including the House minority leader, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio; the party whip, Representative Roy Blunt of Missouri; and the senior Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, Spencer Bachus of Alabama — all urged Democrats to take more time to go over the administration’s proposal, including committee hearings and a chance for lawmakers to offer amendments to any legislation."

July 2008: "But some Republicans, like Mr. Culberson and Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House minority leader, are crying foul. They say the proposals are an attack on free speech and fear that Democrats will seek more restrictions....The two sides appeared to agree that antiquated House rules needed to be refreshed. Mr. Capuano wants Web sites where lawmakers post videos to be scrubbed of advertising and political messages that could be seen as endorsements."

June 2008: 'Reaction on Capitol Hill differed sharply. Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican minority leader in the House, applauded the ruling. “The Constitution plainly guarantees the solemn right to keep and bear arms, and the whims of politically correct bureaucrats cannot take it away,” he said in a statement.'

October 2007: McKeon's and Murtha's requests come at a time when Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the Republican minority leader, is trying to force reforms in how congressional members ask for and receive funding for pet projects.

October 2007: After the Petraeus testimony, Democrats returned the favor by jumping on an observation by Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, that the cost of the war in Iraq was a “small price” to pay if Al Qaeda could be stopped there.

May 2007: The stalling tactics prompted Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) to leave the floor and meet privately in his office with Republican Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his whip, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). The men emerged with an uneasy detente that they said would last at least until Congress breaks for the Memorial Day recess, but the matter is far from settled.

January 2007: 'Many of us believe that competition and using free-market principles in the long run produce better results, lower costs, higher quality and more satisfaction among seniors. And that's exactly what we've seen with this plan,' said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

December 2006: The report also chides House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) for not showing sufficient curiosity in the matter, and retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) is criticized for failing to divulge Foley's actions, both years before they were exposed and after they came to light.

October 2006: House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post on Friday that he had learned in late spring of inappropriate e-mails Foley sent to the page, a boy from Louisiana, and that he promptly told Hastert, who appeared to know already of the concerns. Hours later, Boehner contacted The Post to say he could not be sure he had spoken with Hastert.

September 2006: 'There have been enough reports over the years of voter fraud that it is time to have a picture ID to ensure the integrity of our voting process,' House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said yesterday.

February 2006: Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who was elected House majority leader last week, is renting his Capitol Hill apartment from a veteran lobbyist whose clients have direct stakes in legislation Boehner has co-written and that he has overseen as chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee.

February 2006: Newly elected House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said he opposed efforts to ban privately funded travel for members of Congress and provisions in spending bills that fund lawmakers' pet projects.

January 2006: One lawmaker hoping to move up in the GOP leadership is Rep. John A. Boehner (Ohio), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He maintains the lobbyist-financed Freedom Project, with a lobbyist as treasurer and an all-lobbyist executive board. It has raised $5.94 million over 10 years and has contributed $3.26 million to fellow Republicans.

January 2006: The issue will also play prominently in the fight over a new slate of Republican leaders that could emerge after DeLay's departure. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) declared his candidacy for DeLay's job yesterday, challenging acting Majority Leader Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who also declared his candidacy yesterday.

January 2005: Rep. George Miller (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House education committee, said the Williams contract "is propaganda, it's unethical, it's dangerous and it's illegal" and called it "worthy of Pravda." Committee Chairman John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) agreed to join Miller in requesting an inspector general's investigation, a spokesman said.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member of (past or present) Republican Party (U.S.) / Republican National Committee Organization Jan 9, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Member of (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization Feb 21, 2013
Student/Trainee (past or present) Xavier University (Cincinnati) Organization Jan 9, 2006
Opponent (past or present) Douglas W. Elmendorf Ph.D. Person Jan 7, 2011
Succeeded by Representative Paul D. Ryan Person Jun 13, 2016

Articles and Resources

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Nov 14, 2013 Obama Moves to Avert Cancellation of Insurance

QUOTE: President Obama, trying to quell a growing furor over the rollout of his health care law, bowed to bipartisan pressure on Thursday and announced a policy reversal that would allow insurance companies to temporarily keep people on health plans that were to be canceled under the new law because they did not meet minimum standards.

New York Times
Jan 29, 2013 Obama Urges Speed on Immigration Plan, but Exposes Conflicts

QUOTE: Seizing an opening to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws, President Obama challenged Congress on Tuesday to act swiftly to put 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States on a clear path to citizenship. But his push for speedy action and his silence on proposals to defer the opportunity for legal residency until the country’s borders are deemed secure provoked criticism from a Republican leader on the issue.

New York Times
Nov 29, 2011 How to Free Congress’s Mind (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: Institutional reforms themselves require a change in the mind-sets of our political leaders, and they will not happen without compromise. Either legislators adopt a compromising attitude, in which case the reforms are not essential, or they do not adopt it, in which case they will not be able to agree on the reforms. There is no deus ex machina that will save Congress from itself.

New York Times
Jun 24, 2011 House Spurns Obama on Libya, but Does Not Cut Funds

QUOTE: The House dealt a symbolic blow to President Obama on Friday by resoundingly rejecting a bill to authorize United States military operations in Libya. But the chamber also defeated a measure that would have limited financing to support those efforts.

New York Times
May 14, 2011 As Rift Deepens, Kerry Has a Warning for Pakistan

QUOTE: The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups.

New York Times
Apr 26, 2011 House G.O.P. Members Face Voter Anger Over Budget

QUOTE: Attendees accused a Republican lawmaker of trying to dismantle Medicare while providing tax cuts to corporations and affluent Americans… An announcer says that a House-approved budget amounts to “ending Medicare so millionaires can get another tax break.”

New York Times
Mar 17, 2011 The Forgotten Millions

QUOTE: No jobs bills have been introduced in Congress, no job-creation plans have been advanced by the White House and all the policy focus seems to be on spending cuts. So one-sixth of America’s workers — all those who can’t find any job or are stuck with part-time work when they want a full-time job — have, in effect, been abandoned.

New York Times
Jan 16, 2011 The War on Logic

QUOTE: But the same spending would still be necessary if we were to undo reform. So the G.O.P. argument here is exactly like claiming that my mortgage payments, which I’ll have to make no matter what we do tonight, are a cost of going out for dinner.

New York Times
Jan 07, 2011 In Battle Over Health Law, Math Cuts Both Ways

QUOTE: Much of the health care debate will center on cost — to the government and to employers. On Thursday, Republicans issued their own report, called “Obamacare: A Budget-Busting Job-Killing Law,” which concluded, “The health care law will cost the nation $2.6 trillion when fully implemented, and add $701 billion to the deficit in the first 10 years.” The Republicans’ projections were in contrast to the budget office’s analysis of the health care law, and a related budget reconciliation measure, after they were adopted last March.

New York Times
Jan 06, 2011 Republicans Are Given a Price Tag for Health Law Repeal, but Reject It

QUOTE: The new House speaker, John A. Boehner, flatly rejected the report, saying it was based largely on chicanery by Democrats....effectively putting him on a war footing with the independent analysts whose calculations generally guide discussions about the projected cost or savings of any legislation.

New York Times
Dec 13, 2010 Judge Voids Key Element of Obama Health Care Law

QUOTE: The judge, Henry E. Hudson of Federal District Court in Richmond, said the law’s requirement that most Americans obtain insurance exceeded the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause... “Neither the Supreme Court nor any federal circuit court of appeals has extended Commerce Clause powers to compel an individual to involuntarily enter the stream of commerce by purchasing a commodity in the private market.”

New York Times
Jun 24, 2010 House Approves Legislation That Mandates the Disclosure of Political Spending

QUOTE: The House on Thursday approved legislation to curtail the ability of corporations and other special interest groups to influence elections by requiring greater disclosure of their role in paying for campaign advertising. The bill is intended to counter a Supreme Court ruling in January that the federal government may not ban political spending by corporations and other advocacy groups, like labor unions.

New York Times
May 21, 2010 Reconciliation for 2 Financial Overhaul Bills

QUOTE: In three areas, consumer protection, restricting banks from using their own money to make bets in the market, and dealing with failing institutions that threaten the financial system, administration officials suggested that they were inclined to favor provisions in the Senate version over those of the House bill...

New York Times
Mar 25, 2010 Lawmakers concerned as health-care overhaul foes resort to violence

QUOTE: The pitched battle over health care has unleashed a rash of vandalism and attacks directed at politicians, with at least 10 House Democrats reporting death threats or incidents of harassment or vandalism at their district offices over the past week.

Washington Post
Mar 03, 2010 Rangel Steps Aside From Post During Ethics Inquiry

QUOTE: Representative Charles B. Rangel stepped down on Wednesday as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee after losing support within his party because of ethics violations....The ethics panel is still investigating more serious accusations regarding Mr. Rangel’s fund-raising, his failure to pay federal taxes on rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic and his use of four rent-stabilized apartments provided by a Manhattan real estate developer.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2009 Talk Radio Campaign Frightening Seniors: Provision for End-of-Life Counseling Is Described by Right as 'Death Care'

QUOTE: A campaign on conservative talk radio has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life "rationing" and even "euthanasia."....But on right-leaning radio programs, religious e-mail lists and Internet blogs, the proposal has been described as "guiding you in how to die," "an ORDER from the Government to end your life," promoting "death care" and, in the words of antiabortion leader Randall Terry, an attempt to "kill Granny."

Washington Post
Jul 09, 2009 Secret Program Fuels CIA-Congress Dispute: Democrats Accuse Agency of Pattern of Withholding Information From Lawmakers

QUOTE: The [secret program] incident has reignited a long-running dispute between congressional Democrats and the CIA, with some calling it part of a broader pattern of the agency withholding information from Congress.

Washington Post
Jun 26, 2009 Bailout of U.S. Banks Gives British Rum a $2.7 Billion Benefit

QUOTE: Congress inserted the tax benefits for companies other than banks in a fog of confusion and panic after the House of Representatives rejected the first attempt to fund the bank support effort urged by then President George W. Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Sep 26, 2008 Do you oppose the $700 billion Wall Street bailout? Click here

QUOTE: Quote:A flurry of Web activism is channelling misgivings about the proposed $700 billion Wall Street bailout into political action.

Jul 18, 2008 Congressman Seeks Ethics Probe of Fundraising: Money to Be Used for Center in His Name

QUOTE: Some ethics experts have called the entreaties troubling because some of the corporations and individuals the New York Democrat has approached, including insurance giant American International Group, have business interests before his committee. The panel has broad jurisdiction over tax and trade matters.

Washington Post

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