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20 people to watch at the Republican National Convention

Published: Monday, Aug. 27 2012 10:59 a.m. MDT

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Current U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner is the second oldest of 12 brothers and sisters and has lived in Ohio for his entire life. He was elected to Congress in 1990. Recently reelected for an 11th term, Boehner took the House gavel from former U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi when Democrats lost their House majority after the 2010 election.

Boehner is on Twitter and frequently tweets about House legislation, saying things like, "Senate Dems are blocking > 30 bipartisan, House-passed bills #4jobs that will help put Americans back to work." Boehner is known for his golf game, and Glenn Thrush of Politico wrote that President Barack Obama was reluctant to play golf with Boehner because he knew Boehner would beat him. Boehner is also known to be emotional — more emotional than Mitt Romney, Romney joked in a recent Parade interview.
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