|John A. Boehner|
|U.S. House, Ohio, District 8|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||23|
|Predecessor||Donald Buz Lukens (R)|
|Speaker of the House|
|House Republican Conference Chairman|
|President of the Board of Trustees of Union Township, Ohio|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$86.04 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 1990|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Ohio House of Representatives|
|Board of Trustees, Union Township, Ohio|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1968|
|Birthday||November 17, 1949|
|Place of birth||West Chester, Ohio|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Travel
- 4.1.5 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Leadership style
- 4.3 Leno appearance
- 4.4 Presidential preference
- 4.5 Controversy
- 4.6 Endorsements
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Boehner is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Boehner's academic, professional and political career:
- 1991-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio's 8th Congressional District
- 1985-1990: Ohio House of Representatives
- 1981-1984: Board of Trustees, Union Township, Ohio
- 1968: United States Navy
As Speaker of the House, Boehner does not serve on any committees.
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Boehner's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Boehner supports President Barack Obama's proposed military strikes against Syria. He stated, "The use of these weapons has to be responded to and only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not to be tolerated."
Response to Putin's op-ed
In September 2013, Russia's President Vladimir Putin wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times arguing that the Syria government was not responsible for the chemical weapons. In response, Boehner stated that he was "insulted" by Putin's editorial, further elaborating:
- "The president does foreign policy and I’ve always believed while we have opinions, I probably already said more than I should have, but you got the truth."
NSA surveillance programs amendment
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on July 24, 2013, to narrowly defeated an amendment brought by Justin Amash meant to halt the National Security Agency's bulk collection of surveillance data. The amendment would have stripped funding for an NSA program that collects the telephone records of people in the United States, but not the content of calls.
The vote scrambled the usual ideological fault lines in the House, with conservative Republicans siding with liberal Democrats. The House voted 205-217 to defeat the amendment with more Democrats than Republicans voting in favor of the amendment. From Amasha's own party, 134 Republicans voted against the amendment, with only 94 agreeing with it, while 111 Democrats voted for the amendment, with 83 voting against.
Among the Republicans opposing the measure was Michele Bachmann. Bachmann defended the NSA's data collection programs, arguing that "here’s no Fourth Amendment expectation of privacy or right to the business-record exception" concerning the collection of phone metadata. She continued by saying, “If we take this program and remove from the United States the distinct advantage that we have versus any other country, it will be those who are seeking to achieve the goals of Islamic jihad who will benefit by putting the United States at risk, and it will be the United States which will be at risk. I believe that we need to win the War on Terror. We need to defeat the goals and aims of Islamic jihad, and for that reason I will be voting no on the Amash amendment.” Bachmann was joined by, among others, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor in opposing the amendment.
The House on July 24, 2013, overwhelmingly passed a separate NSA amendment, put forward by Rep. Mike Pompeo, that was intended as a middle ground but was blasted by civil liberties advocates as achieving nothing. The measure would ensure that the NSA is barred from acquiring or storing the content of emails and phone calls of people in the United States, but it would allow the NSA to continue storing phone metadata.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
In January 2014, Boehner commented on the farm bill. He believed supply management would be successfully left out of the farm bill in 2014. He said, "“I have fought off the supply management ideas for 23 years that I’ve been in Congress, and my position hasn’t changed. Mr. Peterson and others are aware of that."
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Boehner voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Boehner voted for HR 2775.
Boehner released a statement on September 29, 2013, blasting Senate Democratic leaders over the looming shutdown. He said, "If the Senate stalls until Monday afternoon instead of working today, it would be an act of breathtaking arrogance by the Senate Democratic leadership. They will be deliberately bringing the nation to the brink of a government shutdown for the sake of raising taxes on seniors’ pacemakers and children’s hearing aids and plowing ahead with the train wreck that is the president’s health care law. The American people will not stand for it." While Boehner attempts to shift blame for a potential shutdown on Senate Democrats, a new poll says that 46% of Americans would blame congressional Republicans.
Boehner refused his pay for the duration of the shutdown.
Boehner commented on the debate over extending unemployment benefits. He said, "One month ago I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work. To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I’ll be happy to discuss it, but right now the House is going to remain focused on growing the economy and giving America’s unemployed the independence that only comes from finding a good job."
In October 2013, a rule against members of Congress traveling on expensive military aircraft was waived for a delegation of thirty House members, including Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to attend the funeral of longtime Florida congressman Bill Young. The flight time cost was estimated at $10,000 per hour. A spokesman for Boehner told the Washington Post, "Given Rep. Young’s long and distinguished service to his congressional district, and especially to the men and women of our Armed Forces, the rule against military aircraft is waived for this funeral." The rule also was waived for two other funerals earlier this year.
Previous congressional sessions
Boehner voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Boehner has a "passive-aggressive" leadership style. He uses, "a passive-aggressive approach to agenda management—wait to bring up bills that will not pass muster with the extremist hard-liners until it becomes clear that they all will suffer from inaction; this allows his members to vote against the bills while the Democrats bail them out." He also works to "mollify his extremist hard-liners. That is, get out in front of them and promote or pursue extremist policies and rhetoric to show he is one of them." While on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, in January 2014, Boehner commented further on his leadership and challenges. He said, “Some members, I have to be the big brother figure. Some, I have to be the father figure. Others, I have to be the dean of students or the principal. Some of them, I have to be the Gestapo." He also added, "I like to describe my job as trying to get 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to pass a bill. It’s hard to do."
In January 2014, Boehner appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He told Leno, "Listen, I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. You know, I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. And I'm not giving that up to be president of the United States." Boehner also insisted his skin tone is all natural and that he does not use tanning beds or spray tans. He also addressed his thoughts on the October 2013 shutdown. He said, "When I looked up, I saw my colleagues going this way. And you learn that a leader without followers is simply a man taking a walk. So I said, 'You want to fight this fight? I'll go fight the fight with you.' But it was a very predictable disaster. The sooner we got it over with, the better." Boehner briefly mentioned 2016, adding he thought his friend, Jeb Bush, would make a good president, but stopped short of endorsing him.
Trey Radel arrested for cocaine possession
- See also: Trey Radel#Controversy
Florida's 19th Congressional District Rep. Trey Radel (R) was arrested in the District of Columbia on October 29, 2013, for possession of cocaine. He was officially charged on November 19, 2013, in D.C. Superior Court with misdemeanor possession of cocaine. On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Radel plead guilty to possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.
Boehner commented on the incident, "Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts. Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents."
House Speaker Boehner attended a fundraiser luncheon on August 26, 2013, to help his friend and colleague Mike Simpson in his bid for a ninth term. Boehner and Simpson were joined by Republican Gov. Butch Otter in making remarks to the luncheon crowd.
Boehner won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, to represent Ohio's 8th District. He defeated David Lewis in the March 6 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election on November 6.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013. Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.
|U.S. House, Ohio District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||John A. Boehner Incumbent||99.2%||246,378|
|Write-In||James Condit Jr.||0.8%||1,938|
|Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Ohio District 8 Republican Primary, 2012|
|John Boehner Incumbent||83.8%||71,120|
Comprehensive donor information for Boehner is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Boehner raised a total of $43,833,755 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.
|John Boehner's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 8)||$22,024,288|
|2010||U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 8)||$9,796,947|
|2008||U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 8)||$5,161,985|
|2006||U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 8)||$3,200,084|
|2004||U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 8)||$1,544,255|
|2002||U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 8)||$1,190,181|
|2000||U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 8)||$916,015|
|Grand Total Raised||$43,833,755|
In advance of the 2014 midterm elections, Boehner had raised more than $30 million by July 2013. Of that, he gave more than $5 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee. As of July, he had held over 100 fundraising events.
|John A. Boehner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$952,828.44||$2,387,085.22||$(1,517,898.76)||$1,822,014.90|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$1,822,014.90||$3,537,635.25||$(2,832,720.80)||$2,526,929.35|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$2,526,929.35||$3,149,615.34||$(2,888,913.48)||$2,787,631.21|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$2,787,631.00||$909,615.00||$(1,000,183.00)||$2,877,802.00|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$2,877,802.26||$1,786,187.19||$(1,363,260.95)||$3,300,728.50|
|Pre-Primary||April 24, 2014||$3,300,728.50||$51,008.50||$(1,154,217.93)||$2,197,519.07|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$2,197,519.07||$2,331,206.97||$(2,551,945.33)||$1,976,780.71|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$1,976,780.71||$2,260,427.09||$(2,313,532.15)||$1,923,675.65|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$1,923,675.65||$451,979.28||$(1,000,906.85)||$1,374,748.08|
Top recipients of lobbyist contributions
On a list of Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013 from OpenSecrets.org, Boehner ranked 7th on the list with $67,930 in lobbyist contributions.
Cost per vote
Boehner spent $86.04 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Ohio District 8, 2012 - John Boehner Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||No reports on record for candidate|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||No reports on record for candidate|
|Top contributors to John Boehner's campaign committee|
|Paulson & Co||$81,050|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$1,413,575|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$491,084|
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, Ohio District 8, 2010 - John Boehner Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$248,141|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$247,030|
|Top contributors to John Boehner's campaign committee|
|American Financial Group||$38,900|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$356,050|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Boehner most often votes with:
Boehner least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Boehner missed 512 of 12,774 roll call votes from Jan 1991 to Mar 2013, which is 4.0% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
113th Congress Speaker of the House Election
During the swearing in ceremony and election for Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R) saw nine Republican members of congress either vote for someone else or abstain and vote present. This is a change from the Speaker election in 2010, where the entire Republican caucus voted for him, then 241 members. Boehner won re-election to the speakership with 220 votes. He needed a majority of members voting, which would be 214 of the 426 who voted. Former Speaker and California representative Nancy Pelosi (D) in turn, received 192 votes.
The nine Republican members who voted for someone other than Boehner include: Justin Amash, Steve Pearce, Jim Bridenstine, Ted Yoho, Paul Broun, Louie Gohmert, Walter Jones, Thomas Massie and Tim Huelskamp. Not all members who voted for someone other the Boehner or Pelosi voted for a current member of the U.S. House. Out-going member Allen West, former Comptroller General David Walker and former Secretary of State Colin Powell all received votes. This highlights the fact that the speaker does not have to be a member of the U.S. House, although all previous speakers have been.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Boehner paid his congressional staff a total of $951,055 in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 30th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Boehner's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,914,122 to $5,935,000. That averages to $3,924,561, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Boehner ranked as the 90th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|John Boehner Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Information on Boehner's votes in 2012 is unavailable.
Voting with party
Boehner voted with the Republican Party 100.0% of the time, which ranked 1st among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
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