Key dates in the career of John Boehner, the 53rd Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Elected to Congress to represent the 8th Congressional District of Ohio.
Jan. 5, 2011
After election by his Republican colleagues, sworn in as Speaker of the House.
Jan. 30, 2011
Defends his tendency to tear up. “I wear my emotions on my sleeve,” he says.
July 27, 2011
“This is the bill,” Boehner tells House Republicans of his plan to raise the U.S. borrowing limit. “I can’t do this job unless you’re behind me,” Boehner says, according to Politico. So “get your ass in line.”
Dec. 5, 2012
Chooses not to be photographed with President Barack Obama at a holiday party.
Dec. 21, 2012
Ranked as least popular Congress leader, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports.
Jan. 1, 2013
Votes for a bipartisan bill aimed at preventing tax increases. Many Republicans opposed the bill, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
Jan. 3, 2013
Re-elected to serve a second term as Speaker; Twelve Republicans vote against him.
Sept. 30, 2013
Congress fails to agree on national spending deal. Parts of U.S. government shut down.
Jan. 24, 2014
Boehner tells Jay Leno why he will never run for president. “I like to play golf,” he said. “I like to cut my own grass. I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes and I’m not giving that up to be President of the United States.”
June 25, 2014
Files lawsuit against President Obama. “The president has not faithfully executed the laws,” Boehner says. “What we have seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the Legislative Branch.”
Nov. 4, 2014
Republicans gain 13 seats in the House.
Jan. 2, 2015
A majority of Republican voters do not want Boehner to be re-elected as House Speaker.
Jan. 6, 2015
Boehner re-elected as House Speaker; 25 Republicans vote for other candidates.
Feb. 7, 2015
His proposed funding bill for Homeland Security fails to pass after 51 Republicans vote no.
July 28, 2015
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., proposes a motion to “vacate the chair” and force the House to vote on a new speaker.
Sept. 15, 2015
Boehner says he’s not worried about his political future.
Sept. 24, 2015
“What a day,” the Catholic Boehner says after hosting Pope Francis at the Capitol, an event he set up and which leads him to tears. “The Holy Father’s visit is surely a blessing for all of us.”
Sept. 25, 2015
Boehner announces he will resign.