House Majority Leader elected after second ballot vote

Congress elected John Boehner as the new House Majority Leader.

Boehner defeated Roy Blunt of Missouri in a 122 – 109 upset vote on the second ballot. John Shadegg of Arizona dropped out after the first ballot.

The Majority Leader is the second in command of the House. This person is elected by Congress and is from the majority party of that particular Congress. Currently, the Republican Party is the Majority Party.

Boehner, as Majority Leader, tries to get the other representatives of his party in the chamber to vote on issues. The information provided is according to Dr. John Holcombe, SHSU political science professor.

“He has great power in scheduling bills for action in the House,” Holcombe said.

Holcombe said that there are two advantages of Boehner being elected to the office. The first is that Boehner was chairman of the Republican Conference, the number four position in Congress. Also, Roy Blunt, Boehner’s opponent, was associated with Tom Delay, who is now being tried on criminal charges.

The second advantage is that Boehner was not “tainted” by the Jack Abramoff scandal. Blunt being the current Majority Whip, the third position in Congress, also helped Boehner.

The website [] is a site where House Representatives, presidential candidates and various other political leaders and candidates are asked on several issues. It tells what each individual person opposes and supports.

The following are some just a few of the issues that the website discusses.

Boehner, according to the site, opposes abortion. He voted yes on banning human cloning, even for medical research. He voted yes for funding for clinics that don’t provide abortion services. He voted yes on banning partial-birth abortions, except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

As for homeland security, Boehner supports most of the actions concerning the topic. He supports the creation of a Director of National Intelligence. He is for the military recruiting on college campuses. He voted yes on all of the recommendations that the 9/11 Commission suggested.

Related to homeland security, Boehner supports military missions across the nation. He voted yes on removing Saddam Hussein and authorizing the military action in Iraq. Boehner voted no to the resolution on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo in 1999.

Boehner has been involved in politics since 1985. He began his political career in 1985 where he served as an Ohio state senator until 1990.

Wikipedia said in an online profile that Boehner won the 1990 election and became Ohio’s Representative. He beat out Donald “Buzz” Lukens, a Republican, after Lukens was caught in a sex scandal, which involved a minor.

Behner served as the Republican Conference Chairman in the House during 1995 to 1999. This is his final term as Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workplace.

Boehner was born in Cincinnati in November of 1949. He was one of 12 brothers and sisters. Boehner has resided in Ohio all of his life.

He and his wife Debbie have been married for 32 years. They have two children, Lindsay and Tricia. This is according to Boehner’s personal website.

Boehner attended Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1977.

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