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Ex-House Speaker Boehner to Join DC Lobbying Firm

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 10:48 PM

Former House Speaker John Boehner will join the Washington lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs, the former Ohio Republican said Tuesday.

"I left the private sector and got into public service decades ago because I wanted to help remove government barriers to economic growth and job creation, and that's still the mission that drives me," Boehner said in a statement from the firm. "My role with Squire Patton Boggs will give me the opportunity to engage with leaders in business and government throughout the world and help them work through the challenges they face, as part of a world-class team."

Boehner, 66, who quit last year after being first elected to Capitol Hill in 1990, will not engage in lobbying but will provide strategic advice to clients in the United States and around the world, focusing on global business development, said Mark Ruehlmann, the firm's chairman and global CEO.

"Squire Patton Boggs has one of most established and well-recognized public policy practices in the world, integrating legal counsel with regulatory insight, government relations and strategic advocacy," he said in the statement. "With Speaker Boehner joining our team, we're better-positioned than ever to row our brand throughout the world and to fully capitalize on our integrated global platform."

Boehner, who headed a company serving the plastics and packaging industry in Ohio before coming to Congress, announced that he was leaving in September 2015, the day after Pope Francis spoke at the Capitol.

The congressman had worked for months to arrange the Pope's visit. Boehner is a devout Catholic who was moved to tears by the Francis' visit.

He left at the end of October amid his third term and was eventually replaced by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

In June, Warren Davidson, a Republican backed by the conservative House Freedom Caucus, won a special election to represent Boehner's district.

Boehner faced widespread opposition from Freedom Caucus members — and as many as 24 conservatives opposed his being elected to a third term. He faced a similar challenge in 2012.

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