The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, paid tribute to his mother in advance of Mother's Day. In a video distributed by his office, the modest home in Cincinnati OH once occupied by Speaker Boehner and his family is shown with an overdub provided by the acerbic Republican and a childhood friend.
"I grew up in a small house in Cincinnati, with a big family," Boehner says. In archival footage, Boehner said that it was not easy for his mother "to have all 12 of us, but I am sure glad that she did." A Catholic and a staunch Republican, Boehner has long been an advocate of pro-life policies.
Mary Ann (Hall) Boehner was born in 1926 and passed away in 1998. Speaker Boehner's father, Earl Henry Boehner, owned a bar in Cincinnati that sustained his large family. Speaker Boehner began working the family bar at the age of eight and eventually graduated Xavier University after seven years of study while holding several jobs to pay for his education. He was the first in his family to obtain a university education.