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
  • The American College of Financial Services
  • 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's Next for Our Democracy

As House Speaker for nearly five years and having 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 Pr ...

As House Speaker for nearly five years and having 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, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many others who are setting the course in Washington, D.C. 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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<p>John Boehner is in-demand for energy sector events</p>

John Boehner is in-demand for energy sector events

With unparalleled experience on Capitol Hill serving in three of the most powerful positions in Congress, John Boehner is, as Politico wrote, "one of the most high-profile political leaders of the last three decades." Regularly in-demand for energy sector events, Boehner receives rave reviews at his engagements such as: "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..." (Edison Electric Institute) Able to provide a candid, insider’s account of Washington policy decision-making and its impact on the energy industry, Boehner is heralded for balancing engaging (and downright funny) anecdotes with substantive takeaways. While serving as Speaker of the House, Boehner’s op-ed on how to advance responsible energy policy drove the national conversation,  as he helped push legislation to expedite the approval of the Keystone pipeline.

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John Boehner in the news

After serving five years as Speaker of the House focusing 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, John Boehner will always be part of the national discourse.  Catch his latest media appearances here.

1.29.2019  John Boehner in Collier: ‘Donald Trump, in my view, by and large, has done the right things’ | Naples Daily News

4.17.2018  John Boehner Succeeded in Politics Opposing Marijuana but in Retirement Has Joined the Medical Marijuana Industry  |  Entrepreneur

4.13.2018  John Boehner: Trump firing Mueller, Rosenstein would be ‘a very bad idea’  |  Today Show

4.13.2018  Former House Speaker John Boehner On Pot, Trade And President Donald Trump | CNBC

4.10.2018  Boehner will hit the road for House GOP | CNN Politics

<p><strong>John Boehner to publish much-anticipated political memoir </strong></p>

John Boehner to publish much-anticipated political memoir

JOHN BOEHNER is set to publish a memoir about his time in Washington, which impressively spans from 1991, when he entered Congress as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 8th District, through 2015 when he left as Speaker of the House. Tentatively titled “Notes from a Smoke-Filled Room,” as Boehner said of the book: “I’ve never really been interested in doing your typical political-memoir kind of book. And this won’t be that kind of book. This is going to be a book people might want to actually read, no matter where they’re coming from politically.” The memoir will be published by Thomas Dunne Books in 2020, and is already making headlines in Politico, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, and more. Having served in three of the most powerful positions in Congress, Boehner is, as Politico wrote, “one of the most high-profile political leaders of the last three decades.” He provides audiences with an unvarnished look at the dynamics in Washington and is consistently heralded for balancing engaging (and downright funny) anecdotes with substantive takeaways. His "audacious honesty" (as the Washington Post headlined), razor-sharp analysis, and refreshing willingness to highlight issues on both sides of the aisle, make him a go-to voice on decoding our current, and future, political landscape. As one major trade association recently raved after an engagement, “The Speaker rocked as our keynote….for the rest of our convention I had people coming up to tell me how much they enjoyed him….mostly because he was so candid. That’s Boehner!"

<p>John Boehner’s must-read Politico profile  </p>

John Boehner’s must-read Politico profile  

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives JOHN BOEHNER’s epic, must-read Politico profile, “John Boehner Unchained,” dives into the legacy of Speaker Boehner’s 25 years in Congress and his views on the current administration. An in-depth profile requiring months of reporting, the piece highlights Boehner’s political ambitions to truly clean up Washington, how he cemented his role as an effective dealmaker able to work with both sides of the aisle, and his continued honesty and spot-on analysis regarding politics today. Described in a BloombergView op-ed as “an absolutely must-read piece” and a “terrific piece of reporting, highly entertaining, and full of interesting tidbits about why Boehner was so good at his job,” and listed as “required readingby Esquire, the Politico piece has made headlines in nearly every major outlet including The Washington Post, Salon, Vanity Fair, The Hill and more. Presenting Boehner’s remarkably frank views on divisiveness within the GOP and the polarization of the media, the article also showcases Boehner’s tremendous skills as a negotiator who secured numerous policy victories during his time in office. As former Vice President Joe Biden is quoted as saying in the article, while remarking on the extreme polarization of politics today: “The only way we’re going to get this back together again is with some more John Boehners.”

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<p>John Boehner heralded for his audacious honesty and refreshing bipartisanship </p>

John Boehner heralded for his audacious honesty and refreshing bipartisanship 

Speaker JOHN BOEHNER is consistently heralded for his refreshingly candid insights on leading policy issues. As one major trade association raved: "The Speaker rocked as our keynote….for the rest of our convention I had people coming up to tell me how much they enjoyed him….mostly because he was so candid. That’s Boehner!" With unparalleled experience as Speaker of the House (2011-2015), a House Minority and Majority Leader, and a current Senior Strategic Advisor at global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, Boehner translates his expertise into “insightful, amusing and thought-provoking” (Edison Electric Institute) keynotes that stand out for their welcome honesty. Following one recent engagement, his remarks even resulted in a Washington Post article entitled, “The audacious honesty of John Boehner.”  Audience members from both sides of the aisle can’t get enough of Boehner’s fresh, no-holds-barred analysis, and willingness to engage in substantive, bipartisan debate, taking to Twitter to share their praise: “Thanks @SpeakerBoehner for the open, honest discussion at #KPMGGEC today”; “.@Regina_Mayor promises audience that no question is off the table, to expect keynote speaker @SpeakerBoehner ‘Boehner unplugged’"; “Great talk this morning at #himss17 with @SpeakerBoehner and @GovEdRendell.  Appreciated the open and honest opinions shared.”; “@SpeakerBoehner - smart, funny, real. Pleasantly surprised even if I don't agree with all he says. #respect #himss17”; “It is so refreshing to see a bipartisan dialogue that is not divisive.  We need more of this. @HIMSS @SpeakerBoehner @GovEdRendell #HIMSS17.”

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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.