Birthdate: Nov. 17, 1949
Birth Place: Cincinnati, OH, United States
Residence: West Chester, OH
First Elected: 1990
District: District 8
John Boehner, one of 12 children born to his Cincinnati family, now lives in West Chester, Ohio. He graduated from Cincinnati's Moeller High School in 1968 and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Xavier University in 1977.
Boehner worked for Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc. as a management trainee. He also worked for Nucite Sales, a company that represents manufacturers in the packaging and plastics industry. He served in the Ohio House from 1984 to 1990.
He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1990. He was elected Speaker after the 2010 elections.
Boehner and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters.
John Boehner ran unopposed for re-election in November 2012 after ascending to the speakership after the 2010 elections.
Boehner achieved a personal dream when fellow Republicans elected him Speaker of the House after their midterm victories. However, once he had the gavel, he faced repeated conflicts with the Democratic president and tea party activists.
Boehner during his election proudly recounted his blue-collar roots and his hard work to help a large family who helped pay for private high school and college, sometimes choking up in public appearances in the aftermath. Back home, they called him "a regular guy with a big job."
After Barack Obama became president in 2009, Boehner was the most frequent public face of GOP opposition to Obama administration initiatives, calling the 2010 health care overhaul "a job-killing government takeover of health care."
He and Obama tried to warm their relationship in 2011, playing golf together in June, but efforts later in the summer at a blockbuster budget compromise on spending, taxes and legislation collapsed into finger-pointing blame at each other. At the same time, Boehner faced opposition to his budget plans from tea party activists.
He carried on his criticism of Obama, even as the economy showed signs of recovery, adopting as his frequent challenge: "Where are the jobs, Mr. President?"
Boehner rose to U.S. House leadership after making a name for himself during his freshman year in the chamber as a member of the Gang of Seven, a GOP group who attacked House leadership at the time for not immediately revealing the names of the offenders in a scandal involving House members' use of a bank created to serve them.
Boehner championed the 10-point Contract With America and in 1994 was named Republican Conference Chairman. He was voted out of GOP leadership in 1998 after Republicans lost seats in that year's election.
Despite speculation that he would follow former Speaker Newt Gingrich in leaving the House, Boehner immersed himself in his role as chairman of the Employer-Employee Relations subcommittee, passing eight bills to restructure managed care and health insurance.
Boehner's continued to raise and distribute money to GOP House candidates, but the health care bills didn't become law. However, his efforts got the attention of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who supported Boehner's bid for House Education and Labor Committee chairmanship.
Boehner had a lengthy dispute with a fellow congressman, Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington, after Boehner sued McDermott in 1998 over a leak to the press of a cell phone conversation among Boehner, Gingrich and other House leaders. A federal court found that McDermott had no right to release the call. And in 2008, McDermott paid more than $1 million to Boehner.
As the Education and Labor Committee chairman, Boehner has been credited with helping former President George W. Bush pass the No Child Left Behind education bill, which Bush signed in January 2002 in the gymnasium of Hamilton High School in Boehner's district.
Source: Associated Press