Thursday, February 02, 2006
IN THE FLESH - Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
IN THE FLESH is a feature of PTF which introduces you to people in the news that you may not be familiar with, and this is a face that you're going to get familiar with real soon. Rep. John Boehner was elected today to replace Tom DeLay as the GOP House Majority Leader.
Rep. Boehner hails from the Eighth District in Ohio, which is situated on the Southwestern side of Ohio, and includes some of the most prosperous communities in Ohio, as well a some of the urban neighborhoods in Hamilton, Middletown, and Dayton which require renewal. The best agricultural land in Ohio (Darke and surrounding counties) is joined to one of the fastest growing bedroom communities in the state, Butler County.
According to Boehner's website:
In 1990, he was elected to represent Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. During his tenure in the House, he has worked consistently to reform the federal government. His first two terms in the House were marked by an aggressive campaign to clean up Congress and make it more accountable to the American people. In fact, during his freshman year, Boehner and fellow members of the reform-minded "Gang of Seven" took on the House establishment and successfully closed the House Bank, uncovered "dine-and-dash" practices at the House Restaurant, and exposed drug sales and cozy cash-for-stamps deals at the House Post Office.As Chair of the House Education & the Workforce Committee, Boehner was instrumental in putting together and passing the No Child Left Behind legislation in 2001.
Running his Majority Leader campaign in the spirit of "fresh-faced reform," it is interesting to note that Boehner had 14 former staff members working as K Street lobbyists.
It's also interesting to note that Rep. Boehner was the Congressman responsible for the distribution of checks from tobacco companies in 1995 to lawmakers on the House floor.
Fascinating that Boehner accepted donations from Sallie Mae, the nation's largest student loan provider, while the company simultaneously lobbied the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
Under Boehner's leadership within the Committee, we can see the results - today the House voted to cut over $12 billion dollars in student loan programs. Boehner called it a “common-sense” proposal. I guess his friends at Sallie Mae had nothing to do with that.
If you'd like to send Rep. Boehner a fruit basket, or anything else for that matter, he can be reached at 1011 Longworth H.O.B., Washington, DC 20515, and his other contact information can be found here.
Previously on IN THE FLESH: Tony Rudy / Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)
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