The Honorable Gentleman from Ohio Retires

The day before he is to retire from Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) prepares to deliver his farewell address to the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Following his address, the House of Representatives will vote on Boehner’s replacement for Speaker. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

The day before he is to retire from Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) prepares to deliver his farewell address to the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Following his address, the House of Representatives will vote on Boehner’s replacement for Speaker. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

John Andrew Boehner, the 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, delivered an emotional farewell address on the floor of the House today as he prepares to retire at the end of October after a 24 year career as a member of Congress.

The son of an Ohio barkeeper previously served as the House Minority Leader from 2007-2011, and Majority Leader from 2006-2007.

“I leave the way I started, just a regular guy humbled by the chance to do a big job,” Boehner said as he addressed the House chamber.

Here is a selection of images I shot on assignment for United Press International.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) shows off his box of tissue as he prepares to deliver his farewell address to the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Following his address, the House of Representatives will vote on Boehner’s replacement for Speaker. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) shows off his box of tissue as he prepares to deliver his farewell address to the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Following his address, the House of Representatives will vote on Boehner’s replacement for Speaker. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

The day before he is to retire from Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) becomes emotional as he delivers his farewell address to the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Following his address, the House of Representatives will vote on Boehner’s replacement for Speaker. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

The day before he is to retire from Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) becomes emotional as he delivers his farewell address to the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Following his address, the House of Representatives will vote on Boehner’s replacement for Speaker. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) salutes the Chamber after delivering his farewell address to the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Following his address, the House of Representatives will vote on Boehner’s replacement for Speaker. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) salutes the Chamber after delivering his farewell address to the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Following his address, the House of Representatives will vote on Boehner’s replacement for Speaker. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) reads a personal note shortly after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was elected to be the  62nd Speaker of the House on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) reads a personal note shortly after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was elected to be the 62nd Speaker of the House on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is welcomed by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) after being elected Speaker of the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is welcomed by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) after being elected Speaker of the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Speaker elect Paul Ryan (R-WI) looks on as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) leans in to kiss Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as he leaves the chair for the final time on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Speaker elect Paul Ryan (R-WI) looks on as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) leans in to kiss Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as he leaves the chair for the final time on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker elect Paul Ryan (R-WI) look on as John Boehner (R-OH) leaves the chair for the final time on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker elect Paul Ryan (R-WI) look on as John Boehner (R-OH) leaves the chair for the final time on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi passes the gavel to the 62nd Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI) on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi passes the gavel to the 62nd Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI) on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) is sworn in after being elected Speaker of the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) is sworn in after being elected Speaker of the House of Representatives on October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Earlier the outgoing Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), gave his farewell address to Congress. He is retiring on October 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!