March 8, 2011

John Boehner


John Andrew Boehner was born in Reading, Ohio in 1949, the second of twelve children. His family has lived in Southwest Ohio his entire life and all but two of his siblings still live within a few miles of each other.

Boehner attended Moeller High School in Cincinnati and was a linebacker on the school’s football team, playing for legendary coach Gerry Faust. After graduating from Moeller in 1968, Boehner enlisted in the United States Navy but was discharged after eight weeks because of a bad back. He then began working as a night janitor, where he met his wife of 37 years, Debbie. John and Debbie raised two daughters, Lindsay and Tricia, in the northern Cincinnati suburb of West Chester where they still live today.

In 1977 Boehner earned his B.A. in business administration from Xavier University, becoming the first person in his family to attend college. Shortly after graduation, John began working at Nucite Sales, a small plastics and packaging business. He was steadily promoted and eventually became president of the firm, resigning only when he was elected to Congress in 1990 after serving five years as an Ohio state representative.

In Congress, John and fellow members of the “Gang of Seven” took on the House establishment — both Democrats and Republicans who then maintained control of the House. Following the election of President George W. Bush, Boehner became the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee where served from 2001 until 2006. He was also a major force in the creation and passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

On November 17, 2010 — his 61st birthday — Boehner was unanimously chosen by the House Republicans as their nominee for Speaker. He is the first Speaker from Ohio since 1931. He is also the first Speaker who has served both as majority and minority floor leader for his party since Texas Democrat Sam Rayburn.

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