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Looking Back on John Boehner's First Term as Speaker

photo of Brian Resnick
January 3, 2013

John Boehner, the 53rd Speaker of the House of Representatives, was reelected to his position on Thursday by a margin of 220-192 votes.

His first term of speaker was defined by fights with the White House over fiscal issues, and overwhelming public disaproval of Congress. From tear-filled eyes to naked protesters, here are the highlights:

Speaker-elect John Boehner of Ohio kisses outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California during the first session of the 112th Congress in the U. S. Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

With tears in his eyes, House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio celebrates the GOP's victory that changes the balance of power in Congress and will elevate him to speaker of the House, during an election night gathering hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Va., left, and House speaker-in-waiting Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, talk about Tuesday's elections, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

 

In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio wipes away tears as he waits to receive the gavel from outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., during the first session of the 112th Congress.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner reenacts the swearing in of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional officials say Giffords has been shot in her district.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, accompanied by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., holds a copy of a proposal to repeal the Health Care Bill, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

 

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio watches as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speak to reporters after their meeting at the White House in Washington with President Obama regarding the budget and possible government shutdown, Wednesday, April 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama hosts a bipartisan meeting with House and Senate leadership, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

 

This handout photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (South) shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio posing with an Ohio soldier during a visit to the Arghandab Valley of Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 20, 2011.(AP Photo/ U.S. Navy Ensign Haraz N. Ghanbari, ISAF Regional Command (South))

In this July 23, 2011, file photo President Barack Obama meets with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington to discuss the debt.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Members of Congress sing God Bless America on the steps of the Capitol in remembrance of the terror attacks of 2001, in Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

In this photo taken June 18, 2011, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, play the first hole of golf at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., nail into a plank during the First Nail Ceremony for the official launch of construction of the Inaugural platform, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

 

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to the Republican National Committee's elections night party after it was announced the republ.icans would maintain control of the House of Representatives. (Chet Susslin)

President Barack Obama acknowledges House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, as he hosted a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and economy.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Naked AIDS activists, with painted slogans on their bodies, protest inside the lobby of the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, prior to World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

 

House Speaker Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, speaks to the media about the fiscal cliff at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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