John Boehner served as 53rd 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 government. A former small businessman, Boehner was elected to the U.S. House in 1990. A tireless worker, he made his mark as Chairman of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, where 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 in challenging and presenting alternatives to various Obama Administrative proposals.
On January 5, 2011, Boehner took the gavel as Speaker of the House following the historical 2010 election in which Congressional Republicans, under Boehner’s leadership, picked up 63 seats in the U.S. House. As Speaker, he focused on an agenda of removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, addressing the drivers of the nation’s debt and helping to restore confidence with Americans and their elected officials in Washington D.C.