When West Chester resident John Boehner is sworn in as the 61st Speaker of the House Jan. 5, he will be surrounded by hundreds of supporters from the 8th Congressional District.
Early last week, the Associated Press reported that “proud supporters from southwest Ohio will head to Washington” to witness the third Ohioan and the first since Nicholas Longworth, who served from 1925-to-1931, to be sworn in as the Speaker of the House.
Cincinnati Enquirer political writer Howard Wilkinson wrote a story about those supporters for this Sunday’s paper.
Boehner is the second oldest of the 12 children of the late Earl and Mary Ann Boehner of Reading; and 10 of his siblings and their families are going to Washington for the swearing-in.
But hundreds of others are coming as well, by plane, automobile and buses – cousins, family friends, campaign volunteers, Republican Party officials from all over Ohio, and tea party activists who supported the West Chester congressman’s “Pledge to America” campaign that led to the GOP taking over the House in the November election.
“There are a whole lot of us here who want to pay tribute to John’s accomplishments,” said David Kern, a Liberty Township trustee who is chairman of the Butler County Republican Party.
“It’s something we are very proud of – that the Speaker of the House comes from Butler County, Ohio,” said Kern, who will fly to Washington Tuesday for the Boehner swearing-in and festivities. “That’s something to celebrate.”
Buses will pick Boehner backers early Tuesday, Jan. 4, morning from the Wetherington Golf and Country Club in West Chester. There will be other buses picking up supporters in Troy, Ohio. Both will take people to Washington D.C. for the swear-in.
The official swear-in will take place at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5.
For more on Wilkinson’s story visit Cincinnati.com. Wilkinson will also be in the nation’s capital to cover the historic moment for the Cincinnati Enquirer.