Boehner partnering with Xavier University to form institute: report

Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE (R-Ohio) is partnering with his alma mater, Xavier University, to open a political or public policy institute bearing his name, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday

A spokeswoman for the university told the paper that BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE and Mike Graham, president of the Cincinnati-based university, met with about 25 people in Florida to discuss “honoring the speaker’s legacy through a student-centered project.”

A spokesperson for Boehner confirmed the partnership to the Enquirer, saying a formal announcement is forthcoming.

“Speaker Boehner is proud to be a graduate of Xavier University and some projects are in the works that reflect the special relationship and history he has with the school,” David Schnittger said. 

Boehner represented a district in southwest Ohio for more than two decades. He served as Speaker from 2011 until his resignation in October 2015.

Since leaving Congress, Boehner has maintained a relatively low profile. He was the subject of a wide-ranging Politico profile that was published last October in which he recounted his time in office and chided some former colleagues. 

Last summer, he criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump’s desire for military parade: ‘We have a Napoleon in the making’ MORE for his Twitter attacks.

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