John A. Boehner

Ohio Republican

Rep. John A. Boehner

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$4.1 million in 2010

51% since 2004

Financial approach

Stock and Bond Investor

Invests in: Mixed, Finance / Insurance / Real Estate, Miscellaneous Business

Boehner’s financial disclosure forms

Each year, lawmakers are required to file financial disclosure forms that list assets, liabilities, stock transactions, outside employment, spousal employment and travel reimbursements.

Stock trades and the financial crisis

Boehner, the House minority leader at the time, was the Republican point person on the Bush stimulus proposal, announced Jan. 18, 2008. Boehner had calls with Paulson on Jan. 21 and 22, and met with him on Jan. 23. The White House announced a tentative agreement with the House on a stimulus package on Jan. 24. On Jan. 23, Boehner sold $50,000-$100,000 out of a more aggressive mutual fund and moved funds into a safer investment.

Response by Boehner

A spokesman said Boehner's trades are handled by an investment adviser. "The House speaker has no say whatsoever on day-to-day investment decisions."

Boehner’s financial portrait

The Post examined the personal finances disclosed by all members of Congress and computerized by Center for Responsive Politics to show how they manage their assets and invest their money.


House median

Estimated wealth

$4.1 million in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

51% since 2004

More wealth and more aggressive

Lawmakers who use riskier investment strategies and/or borrowing to increase wealth.


More aggressive

Financial approach

Stock and Bond Investor

36 lawmakers are primarily invested in a portfolio of specific stocks, bonds or a mixture of stocks and bonds, which can be balanced to be more or less aggressive as an investment strategy.

What industries does Boehner invest in?

Many assets can be tied to specific industries, such as finance, agriculture or
natural resources. "Mixed" investments are assets not tied to a specific industry.

Boehner's estimated
2010 liabilities


What asset types does Boehner hold?

Assets are lumped into groups such as real estate, stocks,
mutual funds or cash.

NOTE: "Mixed" investments are assets that are not tied to a specific industry. Charted change in annual estimated wealth is capped at 200 percent increase and 100 percent decrease for clarity. See the full methodology here.
SOURCES: Congressional financial disclosure forms, Center for Responsive Politics, Washington Post analysis.

About the data

The estimation of assets for lawmakers is based on calculating the midpoint of reported value ranges for holdings and liabilities that members of Congress list on financial disclosure forms. It does not reflect assets lawmakers are not required to disclose, such as personal residences and non-interest bearing bank accounts. The estimation is not intended to provide a complete portrait of the net worth of each legislator, but rather show their relative standing in Congress and how their holdings have changed over time.

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