October 29, 2015 7:47 PM EDT
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.
John Boehner stands with then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich at a news conference in 1997. Scott J. Ferrell—Getty Images Boehner and George W. Bush during a bill-signing ceremony in Hamilton, Ohio, in 2002. Tim Sloan—AFP/Getty Images Boehner introduces George W. Bush during a rally in West Chester, Ohio, in 2004. Stephen Jaffe—AFP/Getty Images Boehner after being elected as House Republican leader on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 2, 2006. Alex Wong—Getty Images Newly elected as Speaker of the House, Boehner holds a gavel during the opening session of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 2011. Tim Sloan—AFP/Getty Images Boehner's desk as Speaker. Tim Davis for TIME Boehner plays golf with President Obama at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in 2011. Mandel Ngan—AFP/Getty Images Boehner walks out of a meeting at the U.S. Capitol ahead of a potential government shutdown, in Washington in April 2011. Andrew Cutraro for TIME Boehner gestures toward President Obama as Joe Biden applauds during the president's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 28, 2014. Charles Dharapak—AP Boehner walks to the House Chamber for a vote on the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 16, 2013. Alex Wong—Getty Images Boehner kisses former Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the first session of the 114th Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2015. Andrew Harrer—Bloomberg/Getty Images Pope Francis waves to crowd from the balcony of the U.S. Capitol building, after his address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in Washington on Sept. 24, 2015. Evy Mages—Getty Images Boehner becomes emotional during his last weekly news conference as Speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 27, 2015. Al Drago—CQ Roll Call/Getty Images More Must-Reads From TIME Meet the 2024 Women of the Year Greta Gerwig's Next Big Swing East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment In the Belly of MrBeast The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap How Long Should You Isolate With COVID-19? The Best Romantic Comedies to Watch on Netflix Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time