Skip to comments.Profile: Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio
Posted on 02/02/2006 2:55:37 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
John Boehner came to Congress 15 years ago as a crusader against what he saw as the excesses of Democratic power. He was elected to the leadership when Republicans gained a majority in the 1994 election landslide. Boehner lost his post in the hierarchy four years later amid internal struggles following a coup attempt against then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.
As chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Boehner helped shepherd Bush's No Child Left Behind education bill through the House. In 2002, Bush traveled to Boehner's district on Ohio's western border to sign the measure into law.
Boehner has a strong conservative record, but has also shown an ability to reach across party lines. He pushed pension legislation through the House last year, attracting nearly 300 votes after a last-minute accommodation with the United Auto Workers.
Boehner, 56, was born in Cincinnati to a family of 12 children. He ran a successful plastics and packaging company before winning local and state elections in the 1980s and capturing his seat in Congress in 1990.
During his freshmen year, Boehner became part of the "Gang of Seven" that went after the ethical lapses, mainly of the Democratic majority, including the House Bank scandal. It turned out that lawmakers were writing checks to the House's internal bank without the money to back them up.
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Where will Boehner take the GOP?
IMHO - business as usual - he'll talk tough but nothing much will change.
Regardless of where he wants to take the GOP, the first order of business for the Democrats is to find some reason to attack him and try to get him removed. Business as usual for them too.
Rep. John A. Boehner voted last month against a bill "cracking down on illegal immigration"
now why do you want to go and rock the boat with a statement like that? /sarc
Did they really have to elect a guy whose name means an engorged male sex organ?
Pronounced: Bane-er! I hope he understands the Democrats do not need "reached out to" or dealt with a "softer tone" they need to be soundly defeated so a politcal party that cares about the future of America can replace them.