Political leaders react to Boehner’s announcement


The news of U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s October resignation brought comments from state and national political leaders. Below is a sampling of the comments:


U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Urbana): “I want to wish my friend and fellow Ohioan, Speaker John Boehner, all the best on his decision to retire from Congress. He served our state and nation for many years, and led House Republicans through an important time in our nation’s history. I was especially glad that he was able to cap his distinguished career with the crowning achievement of bringing Pope Francis to Washington, D.C. for a speech to the joint session of Congress. I have often said that Speaker Boehner had the toughest job in Washington, and though we disagreed at times, I continue to have the utmost respect for him as a colleague and a person.”

Jordan’s media liaison told the Daily Citizen Friday afternoon Jordan will not seek the Speaker’s post.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio): “John Boehner is a dear friend, a fellow Cincinnatian, and a proud Ohioan. He was a small business owner who first ran for office because he was frustrated with government, and that motivates him to this day. He has been a servant leader who never forgot where he came from, and, as Speaker, had the hardest job in American politics. He handled it with grace and dignity and will be missed. Jane and I wish him and Debbie all the best in the next chapter of their lives.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: “Ohio and America are stronger today because of John Boehner. I’m proud that he’s my friend and that I served with him during a time of tremendous transformation and growth for our nation. He led ably then and as Speaker later because he listened to different views, respected the institution, and most important, respected the American people. He grew up humbly, overcame big obstacles to pull himself up by his bootstraps and never forgot where he came from. He leaves a legacy of unparalleled integrity and steady, mature leadership during difficult times that will be a model for future Speakers and anyone interested in public service.”

Ohio Secretary of State John Husted: “One of the great and unique things about America is that, no matter who you are or what type of life your family lives, you can be successful and you can be a leader in our society. John Boehner is living proof of the American Dream having grown up in very modest means with 11 brothers and sisters, he rose to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Speaker Boehner has proven himself a leader in good times and bad – from the attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001 to the steady economic recovery after the great recession, he has been a wise and steadfast voice in the capitol and he will certainly be missed.

“I wish Speaker and Debbie Boehner the best in the next phase of their lives together.

“As Ohio’s chief elections officer, I am already working with the Governor to ensure a smooth and fair transition as Southwest Ohio looks for a new person to represent them in Congress.

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina): “Ohio and the nation are indebted to John Boehner for his nearly 25 years of service in Congress. His character, patience and steady leadership during challenging times leave a lasting legacy for others to follow. I am grateful for his counsel and friendship over the years, and I wish him and Debbie all the best in this next chapter of life.”

Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “I thank John Boehner for his service to the American people.

“I have always known John Boehner to be a kind and decent man. As someone who proudly wears my heart on my sleeve, it has always been clear to me that John Boehner is the same way. Despite our policy disagreements, his motivation for public service is evident in his strong commitment to the people of Ohio and this country.

“After sharing my own experience with breast cancer publicly, I asked John Boehner to sign on to the EARLY Act, my legislation to educate and empower young women with the information and support they need to help diagnose breast cancer early. He explained that he had cosponsored very few pieces of legislation while serving as Speaker. Days later, he shouted my name across the House chamber and offered a big thumbs up. Having his support on this issue meant so much to me personally and was impactful for millions of women across the country.

“John Boehner’s tenure as Speaker has certainly been made more difficult by the members of his caucus pushing extreme policies, but when push came to shove, he understood Congress’ basic responsibilities, like refusing to default on our nation’s debts, and was willing to work with Leader Pelosi when necessary.

“If it turns out that John Boehner was forced aside so that Republicans can force a government shutdown, then our country is certainly worse off for the end of his service.”


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