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John Boehner's Speech at Ashbrook Center's Memorial Dinner Rescheduled for June 11

Published on April 12, 2011
History and Political Science

4/13/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John A. Boehner will speak at Ashland University on June 11, 2011, as the keynote speaker for the 26th annual John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner.
This dinner was originally scheduled for April 8 but was rescheduled because Speaker Boehner needed to remain in Washington, D.C. that day because of the budget debates and potential government shutdown. All ticketholders for the April 8 event will receive tickets for the rescheduled June 11 dinner.

Sponsored by the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, the Memorial Dinner event has hosted many national leaders including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell and Margaret Thatcher.

The 7 p.m. dinner program will be held in Ashland University's John C. Myers Convocation Center. Tickets for this Ashbrook scholarship fund-raising event are $250 per person ($200 of the ticket price is tax deductible). A limited number of VIP reception tickets are available for $500 each. Tables of 10 are available in different price packages and include reception tickets, program recognition and preferred table location.

Reservations for the event may be made by contacting Lisa M. Ormiston at the Ashbrook Center at (419) 289-5429 or toll-free at (877) 289-5411 or<>. More information can be found on-line at<>

Elected to represent the Eighth Congressional District of Ohio for an 11th term in November 2010, Boehner is a proven leader in the drive for a smaller, less costly and more accountable federal government.

The second oldest of 12 brothers and sisters, Boehner has lived in southwest Ohio his entire life. He grew up mopping floors and waiting tables at his family tavern, and played football for legendary coach Gerry Faust at Cincinnati's Moeller High School.

After graduating in 1968, he worked several jobs to pay his way through Xavier University. While working as a night janitor, he met Debbie - now his wife of 37 years - and in 1977 earned his bachelor's degree in business.

John and Debbie raised two daughters, Lindsay and Tricia, in the northern Cincinnati suburb of West Chester where they still live today.

Before he ever made his first run for elected office - a spot on his neighborhood homeowners' association - Boehner ran a small business in the plastics and packaging industry. His experience in the private sector - meeting a payroll, paying taxes, dealing with government red tape - prepared him well to be a reformer in the public sector.

Elected to Congress in 1990, Boehner and fellow members of the "Gang of Seven" took on the House establishment - Democrats and Republicans. They successfully closed the scandal-riddled 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.

In 1994, he helped secure passage of legislation allowing school districts to use their Title I funds for public school choice programs, under which parents could choose which public school their children would attend.

Boehner also was instrumental in crafting the Contract with America. One of the Contract's cornerstones - the Congressional Accountability Act, which required Congress to live under the same rules and regulations as the rest of the nation - bears the unmistakable print of his drive to reform the House.

After Republicans won their first Congressional majority in several decades, his colleagues elected him to serve as House GOP Conference Chairman in the 104th and 105th Congress, where he was a powerful voice in the fight to force Washington to stick to the strict spending limits in the Balanced Budget Act.

In 1999, as Vice-Chairman of the House Administration Committee, Boehner joined House leaders to announce the first-ever "clean" independent audit of the House, a reform he first called for as a member of the Gang of Seven in 1992.

As chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce from 2001 to 2006, he co-wrote the bill establishing the first private school choice program in the District of Columbia, and worked with other reformers to ensure parental choice provisions were included in the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act to reinforce its goal of bringing greater accountability to taxpayer-funded education programs.

In 2006, Boehner's Pension Protection Act - the most sweeping reform of America's pension laws in more than 30 years - was signed into law, helping to ensure workers can count on their benefits when they retire.

In his role as House Republican Leader in the 110th Congress, Boehner united Republicans against several bills including ObamaCare and "cap and trade." And under his leadership, Republicans launched several efforts designed to develop better, principled solutions to the challenges facing families and small businesses.

Among them was the innovative America Speaking Out project, which gave Americans a platform to discuss and share their priorities with national leaders - a platform that led to the Pledge to America, Republicans' new governing agenda for the country. Boehner also launched the GOP State Solutions project, an initiative aimed at bringing reform-minded Republicans at the state and federal levels together to promote common-sense solutions from outside the Beltway.

On Nov. 17, 2010 - his 61st birthday - Boehner was elected by his colleagues to serve as Speaker-designate. Since that time he has fought to make the legislative process more open and to ensure the priorities of the American are reflected in the priorities of lawmakers. He led the drive for an aggressive set of reforms that require bills to be posted online at least three days before a vote, make it easier to cut spending, require legislation to cite its authority in the Constitution, and more. He also led House Republicans in adopting the first-ever ban on "earmarks" - the secretive, pork-barrel spending he has opposed since his first days in Congress.

Today, Speaker Boehner is 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.

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