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John Boehner

Former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

John Boehner served as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from January 2011 to October 2015. During that time, he led the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government. As Speaker of the House, Boehner focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth.

Boehner was elected to Congress in 1984 and represented Ohio’s 8th District for nearly 25 years. With a reputation as a reformer, Boehner helped to craft the historic 1994 Contract with America and helped to lead the effort to enact the first balanced federal budget in a generation. As chairman of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, he wrote legislation to expand school choice, strengthen America’s pension system, and reform the federal education system to improve results for students and parents.

Elected as House Majority Leader in 2006 and chosen to become House Republican Leader later that year, Boehner led the opposition to President Obama’s “cap and trade” initiative and the Affordable Care Act, while promoting better solutions for American families. Boehner left Congress in 2015 and joined the global law firm Squire Patton Boggs in 2016 as the firm’s senior strategic advisor.