John Boehner

Ohio Politician
Born Nov 17, 1949

John Andrew Boehner is the 61st and current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party, he is the U.S. Representative from, serving since 1991. The district includes several rural and suburban areas near Cincinnati and Dayton. Boehner previously served as the House Minority Leader from 2007 until 2011, and House Majority Leader from 2006 until 2007.… Read More

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1949 Birth Born on November 17, 1949.


1968 18 Years Old 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 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.


1973 23 Years Old Boehner and his wife Debbie were married in 1973, and live in the Wetherington section of West Chester Township. … Read More
1977 27 Years Old 1 More Event
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.


1981 31 Years Old From 1981 to 1984, Boehner served on the board of trustees of Union Township, Butler County, Ohio.
1985 35 Years Old He then served as an Ohio state representative from 1985 to 1990.


1990 40 Years Old 1 More Event
He was steadily promoted and eventually became president of the firm, resigning in 1990 when he was elected to Congress.
1995 45 Years Old From 1995 to 1999, Boehner served as House Republican Conference Chairman which is the party caucus for Republicans in the United States House of Representatives. … Read More
1998 48 Years Old In 1998, Boehner was ousted as the chairman of the House Republican Conference, after his party lost five congressional seats.


2001 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Following the election of President George W. Bush, Boehner was elected as chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee from 2001 until 2006. … Read More
2004 54 Years Old Boehner opposes same-sex marriage, as evidenced by his vote for the Federal Marriage Amendment in both 2004 and 2006. … Read More
In an upset, Boehner was elected by his colleagues to serve as House Majority Leader on February 2, 2006. … Read More
2008 58 Years Old According to the 2008 Power Ranking, Boehner was the 6th most powerful congressman (preceded by Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin, Dean of the House John Dingell, and Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, all Democrats) and the most powerful Republican. … Read More


2010 60 Years Old 1 More Event
As Republican House Leader, Boehner is a Democratic target for criticism of Republican views and political positions. In July 2010, President Barack Obama began singling out Boehner for criticism during his speeches. … Read More
2011 61 Years Old He received the gavel from outgoing Speaker Pelosi on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. … Read More
2013 63 Years Old Boehner was narrowly re-elected as Speaker of the House on January 3, 2013 at the beginning of the 113th United States Congress. … Read More
Boehner appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 23, 2014. … Read More
On September 25, 2015, Boehner announced that he would step down as Speaker and resign from Congress at the end of October 2015. … Read More
2016 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Boehner made headlines in April 2016 when he referred to Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz as "Lucifer in the flesh" in an interview at Stanford University. … Read More
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