John Boehner

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  • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2015)
  • House Minority Leader (2007-2011)
  • House Majority Leader (2006-2007)
  • Senior Strategic Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs

A former small businessman, John Boehner served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for nearly five years during which he led the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government.  Speaker Boehner focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, cutting government spending, reforming Congress, and rebuilding the bonds of trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington.

 
  

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Speaker John Boehner was a powerful presenter at our board of directors meeting – his comments were candid and insightful, recognized the multi-nationality of the board, and reflected his wealth of experience and expertise in Washington and with the political landscape. Speaker Boehner commanded the room and held the attention of the audience for the entire session, balancing sincere and transparent remarks with interesting experiential commentary. In the Q&A portion, he tailored his answers carefully to the interests of the directors and was clear and concise in his responses, allowing us to ask many questions spanning a great diversity of topics.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted John Boehner
  • Stanford University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Managed Healthcare Associates
  • M Financial Group
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
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Speaker Boehner discusses a range of current events issues including:

Government Policy and Electoral Politics Economic Growth Leadership America's Role in the World A drive for a smaller, less Costly, more accountable Federal Government ...

  • Government Policy and Electoral Politics
  • Economic Growth
  • Leadership
  • America's Role in the World
  • A drive for a smaller, less Costly, more accountable Federal Government

The Trump Presidency: What Next for Our Democracy

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner is uniquely positioned to discuss the future of the United States under a new White House and a new Congress.  Having served as House Speaker for nearly five years and led the Republican conference in the House for nearly a decade during some of the most tumu ...

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner is uniquely positioned to discuss the future of the United States under a new White House and a new Congress.  Having served as House Speaker for nearly five years and led the Republican conference in the House for nearly a decade during some of the most tumultuous times in our country’s political history, Speaker Boehner has a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many others who will set the course in Washington, D.C. in 2017 and beyond. Having served with most of them and worked with all of them during the quarter-century he spent in the House, Speaker Boehner speaks with unmatched authority on the dynamics facing the current generation of American leaders. Gregarious, insightful, candid and level-headed, Boehner is also respected on both sides of the political fence for his efforts to put the country first and find “common ground, without compromising on our principles” during his time as the highest-ranking Republican elected official in America.

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Speaker Boehner "Big Hit" with Audiences

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives JOHN BOEHNER is getting rave reviews from meeting planners. His recent presentation to Edison Electric Institute inspired the following comment from the host: "Speaker Boehner was a big hit with our audience. His presentation was insightful, amusing and thought-provoking, and it was an unvarnished assessment of what's going on in Washington and American politics."

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<p>Speaker Boehner Goes Viral After Candid Remarks on the Repeal/Replace Debate</p>

Speaker Boehner Goes Viral After Candid Remarks on the Repeal/Replace Debate

Speaker John Boehner’s incredibly frank remarks regarding Obamacare at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017 Conference—the world’s largest healthcare IT conference drawing over 35,000 attendees—instantly made headlines across the biggest platforms. Boehner addressed the debate surrounding healthcare head on, saying that despite GOP optimism, a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not what’s going to happen.” Politico and CNN quickly picked up the story, with both featuring video of Boehner’s discussion. The Washington Post heralded “The audacious honesty of John Boehner” in an article that was commented on over 400 times in less than 24 hours.  And video clips plus analysis of Boehner’s insight into how divided Republicans are on the healthcare issue were included in MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Boehner’s unparalleled experience combined with his freedom from politics means he can give audiences the “real” inside story. 

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<p><span>Boehner and Baucus Address Top Retail CEOs at Leadership Forum </span><span>​</span></p>

Boehner and Baucus Address Top Retail CEOs at Leadership Forum 

An invitation-only event with the "who's who" of the retail industry, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Leadership Forum is the premier event for CEOs looking for valuable industry insight and revolutionary ideas from leaders in business and public policy. Since 1969, RILA has grown into an international network serving 200 member companies together representing $1.5 trillion in sales and millions of jobs, and forum attendees include CEOs of brands ranging from IBM, to Target and Lowe's. At the 2017 Forum held in Florida, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner and Former U.S Ambassador to China Max Baucus, were among the retail, technology and public policy visionaries to speak. With decades of proven success and invaluable experience, these speakers worked to shape the retail industry's upcoming agenda.  

<p><strong>Speaker Boehner delivers address at high-profile Global Financial Leadership Conference </strong></p>

Speaker Boehner delivers address at high-profile Global Financial Leadership Conference

Addressing hundreds of senior executives from the world’s leading financial institutions, former Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group’s esteemed strategic forum: the Global Financial Leadership Conference. Touching on everything from emerging geopolitical tends, to critical economic issues and the future of the financial marketplace, Boehner drew upon his unique insights serving in both the public and private sectors. A current Senior Advisor for global policy firm Squire Patton Boggs, Boehner shed light on the country’s political future and how crucial it is for members of Congress and the President to establish a working relationship in his discussion “Rebuilding the Bonds of Trust” with CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy. Featured on the conference website’s highlights page, Boehner’s talk was followed by an insightful Q&A session. Known for seeking out today’s top and most innovative minds on the cutting edge of global developments, the Global Financial Leadership Conference sets the conversation among the financial industry elite.   

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<p>Speaker Boehner on texting with Trump and working with Trump's team</p>

Speaker Boehner on texting with Trump and working with Trump's team

What do President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus all have in common?  As Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015 and the leader of House Republicans for nearly a decade, JOHN BOEHNER worked closely with every one of them – even with Trump, who regularly chatted and texted with the Speaker during tough legislative battles.  On issues ranging from tax reform to infrastructure to immigration and the national debt, during the nearly five years during which he was two heartbeats away from the presidency, Boehner was in the thick of it all.  Respected on both sides of the political aisle, nobody has a better understanding than John Boehner of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as a new White House and Congress take charge.

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John Boehner Election "UNPLUGGED" at SALT 2016

Skybridge Capital hosted its 8th annual SALT Conference, which is known as the Super Bowl of Financial Conferences and a dynamic forum of leaders from business, politics, and entertainment. The Economist compares the event to Davos, but the speaker lineup and Vegas vibe give the event incomparable pizazz. Unabashedly frank, former Speaker of the House JOHN BOEHNER's unmatched candor and sharp wit were on full display at SALT and the audience could not get enough. His captivating conversation entitled, Real Issues, Real America, even went viral on social media!  If you want a great program on the 2016 Election "UNPLUGGED" John Boehner is your guy.

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VP Biden Calls Boehner a Man of "Character, Honor and Integrity"

In this insightful TIME magazine interview with Vice President Biden and Speaker Boehner, both men praise one another for their spirit to work beyond differences. They also credit their Catholic upbringing for inspiring them to lead by example. Vice President Biden said that Speaker Boehner “has genuine insight into human nature, coupled with a great sense of humor and perfect timing – allowing him to ease tensions in difficult negotiations...Although John and I disagreed on issues, the thing I admire most about John is that – even as Speaker of the House – he’s never forgotten the struggles and the everyday problems of the people who visited his father’s tap room and the neighborhood in which he was raised.”

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<p>Former Speaker of the House John Boehner shares Notre Dame's Highest honor with Vice President Joe Biden</p>

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner shares Notre Dame's Highest honor with Vice President Joe Biden

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner was awarded Notre Dame's highest honor, the Laetare Medal, with Vice President Joe Biden.  Delivered with disarming candor, the experience of 34 years of public service, and with a unifying call, Former Speaker Boehner defines the common ground we can achieve without compromising our principles, and that "our system of government would break down completely if not for people on both sides of the fence who understand that distinction."

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<p>Former Speaker of the House John Boehner honored by Futures Industry Association</p>

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner honored by Futures Industry Association

Former Speaker of the House, John Boehner, is inducted to the Futures Hall of Fame by Futures Industry Association for exhibiting "a deep commitment to healthy, transparent, and well-functioning markets."

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Biography

A former small businessman, John Boehner served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for nearly five years (January 2011-October 2015), during which he led the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government. Boehner represented the Eighth Congressional District of Ohio in the U.S. House from 1991 to 2015. He now serves as Senior Strategic Advisor for Squire Patton Boggs LLP, one of the world’s foremost law and public policy firms.

The son of a bartender and second oldest of 12 brothers and sisters, John grew up mopping floors at the family tavern and playing football at Cincinnati’s Moeller High School. While working to pay his way through Xavier University, he met Debbie – his wife of 41 years – and started his own small business. He and Debbie still live in the home where they raised their two daughters, Lindsay and Tricia. John got involved in state and local government after seeing firsthand how high taxes and red tape impact entrepreneurs. Then in 1990, the voters sent John to the U.S. House, where he took a strong stand against pork-barrel spending and, as part of the reform-minded “Gang of Seven,” forced the closure of the scandal-ridden House Bank and House Post Office.

John’s reputation as a reformer grew as he worked alongside then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), helping to craft the historic 1994 Contract with America and helping to lead the effort to enact the first balanced federal budget in a generation. Later, as Chairman of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, he wrote legislation to expand school choice, strengthen America’s pension system, and reform the federal education bureaucracy to demand results for students and parents. Elected as House Majority Leader in 2006 and chosen to become House Republican Leader later that year, Boehner led the opposition to job-crushing proposals such as President Obama’s “cap and trade” initiative and ObamaCare while promoting better solutions to the challenges facing American families. On January 5, 2011, Boehner took the gavel as Speaker of the House following the historic 2010 election in which Congressional Republicans, under Boehner’s leadership, picked up 63 seats in the U.S. House. Guided by the Pledge to America – a new governing agenda reflecting the priorities of the American people – Speaker Boehner focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, addressing the drivers of America’s debt, eliminating pork-barrel “earmarks” and reforming Congress, and rebuilding the bonds of trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington.

Boehner, who became a first-time grandfather during the summer of 2015, left the United States Congress on October 31, 2015, after nearly 25 years of serving the people of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District and the nation. Boehner joined Squire Patton Boggs in the autumn of 2016 as the firm’s Senior Strategic Advisor.  In this role, he provides strategic advice to Squire Patton Boggs’ clients in the U.S. and abroad, and focuses on global business development.