Birthdate: Dec. 10, 1950
Birth Place: Shreveport, LA, United States
Residence: Rogers, AR
First Elected: 2010
John Boozman was born in Shreveport, La., and now lives in Rogers, Ark. He is the brother of the late Fay Boozman, Arkansas' former state health director. He attended the University of Arkansas, playing football and completing pre-optometry requirements. He received a degree in optometry from Southern College of Optometry.
Boozman is the co-founder of Boozman-Hof Regional Eye Clinic, which has become a major provider of eye care in Northwest Arkansas. He established the low-vision program at the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock, and worked as a volunteer optometrist at an area clinic that provides medical services to low-income families.
He served on the Rogers Public Schools Board of Education from 1994 to 2001.
He is a former rancher who raised Polled Hereford cattle that were competitive in the show ring as well as in bull testing at Oklahoma State University.
Boozman was elected to the U.S. House in a 2001 special election to fill the seat of Republican Rep. Asa Hutchinson, who resigned to become head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was re-elected in 2002.
He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010.
Boozman and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters.
John Boozman is a GOP loyalist who defeated two-term Sen. Blanche Lincoln in 2010 by highlighting his opposition to the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama.
Since taking office in 2011, Boozman has voted for repealing the 2010 health care reform bill. He has also supported a controversial Republican plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program for future beneficiaries. Boozman said in 2011 that the proposal would help start the discussion on how to deal with the program's rising costs.
"It's going to go broke if we don't do something significant and that's all this is about," he said. "It's trying to start the discussion as to how we, not cut the program, but save the program."
Boozman urged Arkansas state leaders to challenge the health care reform legislation in court. He said the June 2012 Supreme Court ruling upholding the law didn't mean that the law was good policy.
Boozman in 2009 said he believed that history would be kind to President George W. Bush. "I think everything the president did, he did it with the idea that it was the best thing for the country. At many times it was at great political peril."
As a member of the U.S. House, Boozman voted for the Bush administration's $700 billion bailout of the financial industry in October 2008. He voted against the 2009 approximately $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by Obama.
Boozman almost broke ranks in 2005 when Bush threatened to veto a five-year highway-spending plan worth $2.3 billion to Arkansas. Boozman said he would vote to override any veto, but Bush eventually signed the bill.
Boozman won a November 2001 special election to fill the seat of Republican Rep. Asa Hutchinson, who resigned to become head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. He had little political experience at the time, but he went on to finish Hutchinson's term and win re-election.
Source: Associated Press