Congressman John Boehner was re-elected to his position as U.S. Representative for the 8th district of Ohio on Tuesday, contributing to a Republican sweep of the U.S. House of Representatives that is likely to spring him into the seat of power as Speaker of the House.
In a 2003 Xavier magazine article about Boehner, who lives in a Butler County suburb north or Cincinnati, his county's Republican Party Chairman Joe W. Schwartz Sr. predicted his future as Speaker of the House. Now it appears likely to happen for the man who's been climbing the political ladder since serving as Union Township trustee in the early 1980s.
Boehner, who graduated from Xavier in 1977 with a business degree, won his first run for Congress in 1989 and gained recognition by joining with Newt Gingrich in building the Republican Majority by 1994. He also crafted the No Child Left Behind education bill signed by President Bush in Hamilton, Ohio, in 2001.
In 2006 Boehner was presented an honorary degree during Xavier's commencement ceremony. Click here to read the speech he gave when he received the award.