A former small businessman, John Boehner (Bay-ner) served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives where he led the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government. The second oldest of 12 brothers and sisters, John grew up mopping floors at his family tavern and playing football at Moeller High School. While working to pay his way through Xavier University, he met Debbie – his wife of 41 years – and started his own small business. He and Debbie still live in the home where they raised their two daughters: Lindsay and Tricia. John got involved in state and local politics after seeing firsthand how high taxes and red tape impact entrepreneurs. Then in 1990, the voters sent John to Congress where he took a strong stand against pork-barrel spending and, as part of the “Gang of Seven,” exposed corruption in the House establishment and forced politicians to live by the same laws as everyone else. John’s reputation as a reformer grew as he helped craft the Contract with America and fought for the first balanced budget in a generation. As Chairman of the Education & the Workforce Committee, he wrote legislation to expand school choice, strengthen America’s pension system, and reduce government spending. As Republican Leader, he led the opposition to jobs-killing laws like “cap and trade” and ObamaCare while promoting better solutions to the challenges facing American families. On January 5, 2011, Boehner’s colleagues elected him to serve as Speaker of the House for the 112th Congress. Armed with the Pledge to America – a new governing agenda that reflects the priorities of the American people – Speaker Boehner focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, cutting government spending, reforming Congress, and rebuilding the bonds of trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington.