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John Boehner stands with then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich at a news conference in 1997.Scott J. Ferrell—Getty Images
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The desk of John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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Speaker of the House John Boehner walks out of a meeting at the U.S. Capitol ahead of a potential government shutdown in April 2011 in Washington.
House Speaker John Boehner gestures toward President Barack Obama as Vice President Joe Biden applauds during the president's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 28, 2014.
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John Boehner stands with then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich at a news conference in 1997.
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Oct 29, 2015

Former House Speaker John Boehner officially retired from politics in October.

First elected in the midterm Republican wave in 1994, Boehner played a part in then-Speaker Newt Gingrich's revolution, then saw his quick rise to the stop falter when he lost his position as chairman of the House Republican Conference in 1998.

Rather than leave Congress, Boehner went to a House education committee, where he helped draft and pass the No Child Left Behind law with Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy as his partner in the upper chamber.

In 2006, Boehner returned to House leadership, then, after Republicans regained control of the House in the 2010 midterms, he became the 61st Speaker of the House.

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