College Ethics Symposium
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Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Program


John Boehmer - former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives


John Boehner was born in Reading, Ohio, the son of Mary Anne and Earl Henry Boehner, the second of twelve children. He grew up in modest circumstances, having shared one bathroom with his eleven siblings in a two-bedroom house in Cincinnati. He started working at his family's bar at age 8, a business founded by their grandfather Andy Boehner in 1938. He has lived in Southwest Ohio his entire life.

Boehner attended Cincinnati's Moeller High School where he was coached by future Notre Dame  coach Gerry Faust. He earned his B.A. in business administration from Xavier University in 1977, becoming the first person in his family to attend college, taking seven years as he held several jobs to pay for his education.

Shortly after his graduation in 1977, Boehner accepted a position with Nucite Sales, a small sales business in the packaging, plastics, and contract manuafacturing. He was steadily promoted and eventually became president of the firm, resigning in 1990 when he was elected to Congress.

From 1981 to 1984, Boehner served on the board of trustees of Union Township, Butler County, Ohio. He then served as an Ohio State representative from 1985 to 1990. In 1990, Boehner ran against incumbent congressman Buz Lukens, who was under fire for having a sexual relationship with a minor.

In an upset, Boehner was elected by his colleagues to serve as House Majority Leader on February 2, 2006. The election followed Tom Delay's resignation from the post after being indicted on criminal charges. Boehner campaigned as a reform candidate who wanted to reform the so-called "earmark" process and rein in government spending.

January 2012, John Boehner Elected Speaker of the House

During his solemn victory speech, talking about "economic freedom, individual liberty and personal responsibility...I hold these values dear because I've lived them...I've spent my whole life chasing the American Dream.

Speaker Boehner resigned from the Speaker position and the House of Representatives in September of 2015, the day following Pope Francis’s speech to Congress, a result of John’s personal invitation.


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