John Boehner Poised to be Speaker With His Entire Extended Family Watching

Jan 5, 2011 11:33am

 ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports: As the 112thCongress convenes today at Noon, Republicans will officially seize the House majority and outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will hand the gavel over to Speaker-designate John Boehner. While Boehner will not officially become House Speaker until members of the House vote to elect him and the Dean of the House, Michigan Democrat John Dingell, administers the oath of office around 2:15 P.M. later today, the signage over the entrance to Speaker-designate John Boehner’s new office wing has already changed. The new sign reads “Speaker of the House” on the top line, and “John A. Boehner” just below. Boehner, R-Ohio, moved into the same office suite that Pelosi occupied for four years and recently vacated. She, meanwhile, moved back to the office she occupied until 2007 as Minority Leader. Four busloads of family, friends and constituents from Boehner's Ohio Congressional district made the trip to Washington to witness his big moment. Boehner’s press office released the names of Boehner’s family members who will be seated in the House gallery to view the swearing-in of the 112th Congress and the election of the Speaker of the House.  Gallery guests include Boehner’s wife, Debbie, his two daughters Lindsay and Tricia, and 10 of his 11 brothers and sisters, among other extended family attending the ceremony.  Here’s the full list of Boehner’s guests: Debbie Boehner, wife
Lindsay Boehner, eldest daughter
Tricia Boehner, daughter
James “Jak” Kinney, Tricia Boehner’s fiancé
Bob Boehner, eldest sibling
Steve Boehner, third eldest sibling
Nancy Roell, fourth eldest sibling
Rick Boehner, fifth eldest sibling
Lynda Meinke, seventh eldest sibling
Andrew “Drew” Boehner, eighth eldest sibling
Pete Boehner, ninth eldest sibling
Jerry Boehner, 10th eldest sibling
Sue Kneuven, 11th eldest sibling
Michael Boehner, youngest sibling
Pat Long, sister of Debbie Boehner
Wendy Long, niece
Georgia Ann Winfield, cousin
Michael Ansari, cousin-in-law

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