Last updated on: 3/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

John Boehner Biography

Title:
Fomer U.S. Representative, (R-OH)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Well-intentioned but fatally flawed… We can’t strengthen our nation’s borders by strangling our nation’s economy. This bill has many strong points and I wanted badly to vote for it, but the massive employer mandates included in the bill ultimately made that impossible… After September 11th, tolerating violations of our immigration policies is no longer an option, but under the guise of securing our borders, this bill gives the federal government authority to sign-off on every hiring decision in the country. Federal bureaucrats will have Americans’ personal information at the touch of a button. This has ‘Big Brother’ written all over it. The vast majority of America’s several million employers are law abiding and should not be burdened with another cumbersome federal mandate. Forcing them each to REVERIFY the work authorization of ALL previously hired employees is impractical, unfair, and does little to combat the illegal immigration HR 4437 intends to address.”

“Boehner Votes ‘No’ on Immigration Bill Due to Excessive Government Mandates on Private Sector,” Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Dec. 17, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • U.S. Representative, (R-OH), 1990 – 2015
  • U.S. House Majority Leader, 2006
  • U.S. House Republican Leader, 2006
  • Sponsor of the Pension Protection Act, 2006
  • Chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and Sponsor of the No Child Left Behind Act, 2001
  • House Republican Conference Chairman in the 104th and 105th Congress
  • Member of the “Gang of Seven” congressional reformists
  • Representative, Ohio State Legislature, 1984 – 1990
  • Union Township Trustee, 1982 – 1984
  • President, Nucite Sales, 1978 – 1984
Education:
  • BA, Business, Xavier University, 1977
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?