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Rep. John Boehner

Former Representative for Ohio’s 8th District

Boehner was the representative for Ohio’s 8th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1991 to 2015.

He was also Speaker of the House, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.

Photo of Rep. John Boehner [R-OH8, 1991-2015]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Boehner is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Boehner sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Boehner was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 13 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Boehner sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (60%) Education (40%)

Recent Bills

Some of Boehner’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Boehner voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Boehner voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Boehner voted Aye

Boehner voted Nay

Passed 338/52 on May 18, 2009.

The Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, or FERA, Pub.L. 111–21, S. 386, 123 Stat. 1617, enacted May 20, 2009, is a public law ...

Boehner voted Nay

Boehner voted No

Passed 368/43 on Apr 23, 2008.

Boehner voted Nay

Boehner voted Nay

Boehner voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Oct 2015, Boehner missed 513 of 12,814 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 2015. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: