According to CNN, Republican candidate Ted Cruz responded to John Boehner’s comment that he is “Lucifer in the flesh,” by saying the former house speaker “allowed his inner Trump to come out.”
John Andrew Boehner, born November 17, 1949, is an American politician who served as the 53rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Boehner was the U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 8th congressional district, serving from 1991 to 2015. The district included several rural and suburban areas near Cincinnati and Dayton.
Boehner previously served as the House Minority Leader from 2007 until 2011, and House Majority Leader from 2006 until 2007. Boehner’s almost nine years as the Republican Leader in the House (four years as Minority Leader and nearly five years as Speaker) was the longest consecutive tenure for a Republican Leader in the House, since Bob Michel of Illinois served 14 years as House Minority Leader from 1981 through 1995.
On September 25, 2015, Boehner announced he would resign the Speakership, and retire from Congress effective October 30. However, due to later developments in the succession plans of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Boehner announced he would remain Speaker until the election of a successor, potentially delaying his originally planned retirement.
On October 29, 2015, prior to the voting of a new Speaker, Boenher’s farewell speech included his intent to resign as representative for Ohio’s 8th congressional district, effective at the end of the month. Paul Ryan was then voted in as the new Speaker. Boehner’s resignation as a member from Congress became effective at 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2015.
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