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2 February, 2016

Statement from Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Passing of Middletown’s Richard Slagle

February 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the passing of longtime friend, mentor and community leader Richard “Dick” Slagle of Middletown, OH:

 “Dick Slagle was a giant of a man whose impact on the Middletown region will be evident for generations to come.  His spirit was as strong as the wood of the gavel he fashioned for me as I prepared to become Speaker.  That gavel was by my side through my speakership as a source of confidence and strength – the gift of a teacher, a mentor, and a true friend.  He was all of those things to me, and to many others who were blessed to know him during his long and remarkable life.

“Dick was a major force in my career, teaching me how to sharpen my communications skills when I was a young salesman and state legislator, and helping to persuade me to leave my small business and commit myself to public service as a candidate for the U.S. House.  Dick believed I could do it before anybody else did.  He believed in me before I believed it myself.  

“Dick’s finest work was the work he did for the family and community he loved.  He was a devoted husband and father.  As a result of his work for the Middletown Chamber of Commerce and later at Armco, he became an icon in the Middletown community.  He was a visionary who loved his adopted hometown and never stopped believing in its potential. 

“He was one of the greatest men I ever knew.  May God rest his soul and bring comfort to his family.”

2 February, 2016

Speaker Boehner “Beginning to Rev Up Post-Congressional Political Operation”

February 2, 2016

Transfers $1.2 Million to NRCC, Plans Events for Early 2016 in Support of Conservative Majority in House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Speaker of the House, he assembled what the Washington Post calls “the largest, most sophisticated fundraising operation ever employed by a congressional leader.”  And despite his decision to retire from Congress last fall, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will remain active in support of the effort to keep and expand a conservative majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, POLITICO and the Post reported this week.

POLITICO’s Jake Sherman reports:

“[Speaker] Boehner is quietly beginning to rev up his post-speakership political operation, dishing money from his campaign coffers to the party and planning a swing of fundraisers this year to bolster the House GOP.  In December, two months after leaving the speakership, Boehner transferred $1.2 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee; that brought the total amount he funneled to the campaign arm in 2015 to a whopping $8 million. . .

“Boehner also gave $800,000 directly to members in 2015.  And Boehner, who famously traveled nonstop for his colleagues when he was speaker, is resuming his political fundraising. He recently spoke at a fundraiser for freshman Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) in Florida. And this spring, he has three fundraisers already scheduled, including one appearance on behalf of North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx, a former member of Boehner’s House Republican leadership team.”

Paul Kane of the Washington Post adds that the former Speaker will continue to use his political assets to support his former colleagues and the majority he helped build in the House:


“John A. Boehner may be gone from elective office, but the former House speaker headed into the political afterlife with more than $2.7 million in leftover political cash that he will use to remain active in helping his former colleagues in the Capitol. . .

 “David [Schnittger], Boehner’s former deputy chief of staff who is serving as his spokesman, said the former speaker will continue to help politically, just at a much reduced scale from the past five years, when some months he spent more time on the road raising campaign cash for colleagues than he did in Washington or southwestern Ohio.  [Schnittger], who now works at Squire Patton Boggs, said Boehner held a fund-raising event for several members in January and has a few more planned for the spring.”

The Middletown Journal reported January 28 that Speaker Boehner will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Butler County [OH] GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, to be held March 12 in West Chester, OH, where the former speaker and wife Debbie have lived for more than 30 years.

More from POLITICO:

 “The former speaker has receded from the spotlight but is still providing millions to elect House Republicans. . .

“‘He’s kept a low profile publicly since leaving office, but his interest in supporting the team and the cause continues,’ said David Schnittger, a longtime Boehner insider who serves as his spokesman. ‘It’s in his blood.’

Speaker Boehner’s post-congressional political operation is headed by John Criscuolo, a longtime aide to the former speaker. 

18 November, 2015

Boehner Speaks on Lessons of Leadership, Resetting America’s Economy in First Post-Congress Speech

November 18, 2015

Full Audio of Former Speaker’s Remarks Available at ForumClub.Org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his first formal remarks since handing over the speaker’s gavel and leaving Congress, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) shared some of the lessons in leadership he acquired during a 25-year run on Capitol Hill and discussed the opportunity that exists to reset America’s economic foundation in the years ahead.

Speaker Boehner’s speech – the full audio of which is available here – was delivered to an audience at the Forum Club of Southwest Florida on Friday, November 13, 2015, fulfilling a speaking commitment Boehner had made months earlier, while still in office.

Speaker Boehner’s Nov. 13 remarks offer both a retrospective on his remarkable years in Congress and a forward-looking policy roadmap for capitalizing on the domestic energy boom, providing an early preview of some of the themes the former speaker is likely to emphasize in his post-congressional work.

In his speech, the former House Speaker said he worries the “supercharged” atmosphere in which politics and governing take place in America today may cause us to “miss our moment as a nation.”

“We’re in the midst of a domestic energy boom in America,” Speaker Boehner said, noting the boom that is underway in part because of bipartisan efforts in Congress that successfully fought efforts by the Obama Administration to block American-made energy production. “[The energy boom] gives us a chance to reset the foundations of our economy and is going to allow us to be more competitive around the world, [and] allow us to improve productivity faster than the rest of the world. [If] we’re serious about taking advantage of this opportunity, I believe there are some things we need to do.”

Among the steps America must take as a nation in the months and years ahead, according to Speaker Boehner:

  • Tax reform. “We need to reform our tax code. Both the corporate tax code and the individual tax code need to be dealt with [and] need to be simplified. It would help to provide more growth and better wages.
  • Education reform. “We educate just over half of the kids in America. It’s a disgrace,” Boehner said. We have an obligation as a nation “to help kids have an opportunity at a decent education. . .it ought to be the civil right of the 21st Century,” the former speaker declared.
  • Entitlement reform. “We need to fix our entitlement problem,” Boehner explained, noting that critical entitlement programs like Medicare are on a collision course with bankruptcy. “We’re all living a lot longer, and these programs were never designed” to handle such pressures, the former speaker said. Boehner noted that changes made to Medicare on a bipartisan basis this year “will save almost $3 trillion in spending” in the coming years that would otherwise have been taken out of the pockets of future generations. “We don’t have to make major changes to these programs,” Boehner noted. “The sooner we tackle these [challenges], the easier it will be to put these programs on a sustainable foundation.”
  • Immigration reform. “We need to fix our immigration system,” Boehner said, noting the issue “has become a political football” in recent years. “We need to strengthen our borders and enforce our laws. . .but we also need to find a way for those willing to learn English and civics and put them on a path to a legal status,” Boehner said. “The next president is going to have to take this on.”

Drawing on his own life experience, Speaker Boehner predicted America will rise to the challenge and embrace the goals he outlined.

“In America you have the freedom to invent, the freedom to try, and yes, the freedom to fail. . .but that philosophy has enabled us to be the leader of the world,” Boehner concluded. “This is the only country where the son of a bartender can grow up to become Speaker of the House.”