Governing Through Perilous Times: How a Government Divided Can Find Common Ground
Politics today are often polarizing, yet a divided government must work to find common ground in order to make progress. Speaker Boehner, the Republican who was told he’d be missed by President Barack Obama when he announced his resignation, mastered working with both sides of the aisle to create impactful social, economic, and healthcare policies. Through his candid conversations, audiences will hear his thoughts on the futures of both parties, and how they (and any group) can work together to achieve their goals without losing their principles.
On The House: Behind the Scenes of how Washington Really Works
With his signature wit, Speaker Boehner reminisces on his time in Washington and shares his thoughts on what makes different leaders he’s met successful or not, from Ford and Reagan to Obama, Trump, and Biden. He will give audiences a behind the scenes look of how decisions are made in the room where it happens, and what he predicts for the future of politics. Speaker Boehner’s impressive tenure in Washington makes for more than a few incredible stories and lessons learned.
As the accelerating pace of national and global events continues to impact every facet of our lives and work, today’s most sought-after conservative voices share key insights for ever-shifting markets, innovative strategies, and what today’s most pressing issues mean from their point of view. Renowned journalists, Washington insiders, and high-profile experts combine substantive analysis and dynamic discussion to leave audiences feeling engaged, informed, and prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Revered political commentators like former White House Press Secretary DANA PERINO, top strategist KARL ROVE, MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ co-hosts JOE SCARBOROUGH & MIKA BRZEZINSKI, and host of FOX’s Gutfeld! GREG GUTFELD & co-host KAT TIMPF offer star power and unparalleled insights. Highly respected appointees and foremost security experts such as former National Security Advisor H. R. MCMASTER, cybersecurity expert and former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security MICHAEL CHERTOFF, and former Secretary of Defense DICK CHENEY take on the risks facing businesses and markets in our increasingly globalized and data-driven world. Experts in monetary policy and global finance like Former Director of the National Economic Council GARY COHN, economist and member of G30 KEVIN WARSH, Co-Chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation R. GLENN HUBBARD, and global finance expert STEVE FORBES address the most complex questions of the global economy with nuance and command. Strong advocates for bipartisanship like former U.S. Ambassador to NATO KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON, Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center OLYMPIA SNOWE, and former Speaker of the House JOHN BOEHNER lead conversations about finding unified solutions to national and global crises for a better future. For insightful and informative programs on today’s biggest issues, contact HWA.
John Boehner's new Washington memoir On the House is insightful, funny and surprisingly candid
Former Speaker of the House JOHN BOEHNER’s candid memoir holds the same storytelling power as his speeches and interviews. On the House: A Washington Memoir gives behind-the-scenes stories of how Washington really works, tells about Boehner’s comeback after being kicked off the leadership ladder, and what helps make a successful leader, from Ford and Reagan to Obama, Trump, and Biden – all delivered with Boehner’s signature wry wit. He also discusses how both the Republican and Democratic Parties have become so different today, where he sees them going next, and what advice he’s given to his own party about shaping the future of the party. A fantastic programming idea for your event is to send attendees Speaker Boehner’s book in advance to generate buzz about his honest reflections and leave your guests with a tangible memento. As a major trade association said after an event with Speaker Boehner: “The Speaker rocked as our keynote….for the rest of our convention I had people telling me how much they enjoyed him….mostly because he was so candid. That’s Boehner!," and another trade organization raved, "He didn’t hold back so we heard some great stories and zingers!"
Virtual Programming: Former Speaker of the House John Boehner entertains with candid post-election analysis, insights on the new Congress, and what's going on in Washington right now
Audiences always love hearing from former Speaker of the House JOHN BOEHNER because of his characteristic "audacious honesty" (as the Washington Post headlined), razor-sharp analysis, and refreshing willingness to highlight issues on both sides of the aisle. Boehner is sought after for his insights on everything from post-election analysis, what's on the agenda of the new congress, Payroll Tax Cuts to opening up the economy, and the "delicate dance" required to balance the economy with public health. Regarding the Congressional compromise required for additional economic stimulus, Boehner quipped in the New York Times, “They’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there."
CEOs and leaders from all organizations lean in to glean lessons from Boehner's experience governing through perilous times and rebuilding an economy, which Boehner helped Congress to do after 9/11 and the '08 recession. Virtual events bring the audience up-close-and-personal with Boehner, who always receives high praise 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 in Washington and American politics." (Edison Electric Institute Associates).
John Boehner is a go-to voice on the current political landscape
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." 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. Set to publish a highly-anticipated memoir about his time in Washington (Thomas Dunne Books, 2020), news which made headlines in Politico, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, and more, Boehner receives out-of-this-world reviews at every event, such as: "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!" (Major Trade Association); "Speaker Boehner was excellent. It was clear he took into account the material we provided him about the audience and he was right on target speaking with them... He provided incredibly candid insights and opinions..." (Managed Healthcare); "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." (Edison Electric Institute Associates).
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.
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.”
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.
His new book On The House: A Washington Memoir released in the Spring of 2021.