John Boehner Fast Facts
Here is a look at the life of John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011.
Personal: Birth date: November 17, 1949
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
Birth name: John Andrew Boehner
Father: Earl Henry Boehner, bar owner
Mother: Mary Ann (Hall) Boehner
Marriage: Debbie (Gunlack) Boehner (1973-present)
Children: Lindsay and Tricia
Education: Xavier University, 1977, B.A. in Business
Military: U.S. Navy, honorably discharged for medical reasons, 1969
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: One of 12 children, he worked his way through college as a janitor. He met his wife Debbie during this time.
Avid golfer; known for the annual beach-themed party he hosts.
Speaker of the House is the third highest elected office in the US government. The Speaker is second in line for the presidency, behind the vice president.
Timeline: 1982 - Starts his political career as a township trustee in Union, Ohio.
1984-1990 - Member of the Ohio State House of Representatives.
1990 - Defeats Gregory Jolivette (D) with 61% of the vote for the U.S. House of Representatives seat.
1990-present - U.S. Representative (Republican from Ohio's 8th district).
1992 - Defeats Fred Sennett (D) and wins re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives with 71% of the vote.
1994 - Runs unopposed and wins re-election to the House.
1996 - Runs against Jeffrey Kitchen (D) and wins re-election to the House with 70% of the vote.
1998 - Defeats John Griffin (D) and wins re-election to the House with 71% of the vote.
1998 - Files a federal lawsuit against Jim McDermott (D-Washington) for releasing a 1996 illegally taped telephone conversation to the press. According to court transcripts, the recording contained Republican leaders, including Boehner, discussing an ethics case against Newt Gingrich.
2002 and 2004 - Runs against Jeff Hardenbrook (D) for House; wins re-election to the House in both elections.
2006 - Wins re-election to the House against Mort Meier (D).
February 2006 - Is elected House Majority Leader, replacing Tom DeLay (R-Texas).
January 2007-January 2011 - Is House Minority Leader.
2008 - A U.S. District Court judge rules that Rep. McDermott (D-Washington) owes Boehner more than $1 million in legal fees in their fight over an illegally taped phone call McDermott leaked to the media.
2008 - Defeats Nick Von Stein (D) and wins re-election to the House with 68% of the vote.
2010 - Defeats Justin Coussoule (D) and wins re-election to the House.
November 17, 2010 - Republicans unanimously pick Boehner to be Speaker of the House.
January 5, 2011 - Takes over as Speaker of the House from Nancy Pelosi (D-California).
November 6, 2012 - Wins unopposed re-election to the House.
January 3, 2013 - Is re-elected Speaker of the House.
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