John Boccieri

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John Boccieri currently serves the 16th Congressional District of Ohio

John Boccieri has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 16th district of the State of Ohio, since 2009 (map) of Ohio.

Positions, record and controversies

The Economy

Boccieri supports providing tax relief for companies that invest in American communities, encouraging more domestic renewable energy sources to create more green jobs, and ending the disparity between corporate profits and slumping middle class wages. Boccieri also supports reducing the tax burden for middle class, creating a strong workforce by making sure that all children get a strong education. [1]


Boccieri supports requiring oil companies to drill on the land they already have in the U.S to lower fuel costs in the short term. He also wants to increase energy efficiency and conservation, and build new refineries to process biofuels and other alternative fuel sources. [1]


Boccieri supports an income tax credit up to $500 per individual or $1000 per family to offset working Americans’ FICA taxes, expanding tax credits for child and elder care, establishing a single tax credit large enough to cover the first year of tuition at a public university for every middle-class student and working to eliminate the marriage penalty. [1]


Boccieri wants to ensure that the federal government works with state and local education systems to develop education policies, change the standards that measure school quality and student achievement to emphasize improvement over time, ensure that all states are using similar standards to evaluate student achievement, and those standards measure genuine knowledge, preparedness and success.

Boccieri believes that teachers are the backbone of the education system. He says he will fairly reward the best teachers and encourage new teachers with scholarships, high-quality teacher preparation, and strong support systems for new educators. He will also support early childhood education, and provide college scholarships and financial aid for those students who are willing go into public service. [1]


Boccieri supports covering all Americans through a system of public and private solutions. He says he would focus more on preventive care and early diagnosis, making healthcare portable, end insurance discrimination for people with preexisting conditions, reducing prescription drug costs by allowing government to negotiate lower prices, increasing efficiency of medical record keeping, increasing medical research, and helping business pay for employee healthcare. [1]

Social Security

Boccieri supports providing savings options for workers who do not have a retirement plan from employers and giving workers incentives to start in their own retirement savings accounts. He also supports strengthening laws which protect pensions and ensuring that workers receive their benefits if a company declares bankruptcy. [1]

Military Families and Veterans

To help military families and soldiers, Boccieri says he will support fully equiping units in combat with body armor,armored vehicles, and other life-saving necessities, and mandating healthy ratios between tours of duty and time spent at home to ease the strain on soldiers and their families.

To help veterans, Boccieri supports permanently funding the VA so that veterans aren’t faced with uneven care due to changes in the benefits because of budget cuts, increasing funding and staff in the VA to deal with the backlog in claims, making sure that returning soldiers receive proper disability evaluations as quickly as possible,and investing in treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. He also supports updating the G.I Bill so that college within reach for all veterans, including the National Guard and Reserves, providing job training and placement services for those returning from combat, and providing services needed to help curb the rate of homeless veterans. [1]

Second Amendment

Boccieri supports the right to bear arms, for hunting and for protection. [1]

Iraq War

Boccieri supports withdrawing troops from Iraq as soon and as safely as possible. [1]


2008 elections

Boccieri won the Democratic nomination to challenge for retiring incumbent Rep. Ralph Regula's (R-Ohio) vacant seat.[2] He went on to defeat Kirk Schuring in the November 2008 general election.[3]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

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Committees and affiliations


Boccieri will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.


More background data


Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 John Boccieri For Congress| Issues
  2. WKYC, "March 4, 2008 Ohio Election Results",, March 5, 2008
  3. "Ohio 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

External resources

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Agriculture
110th Congress
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Ohio State Senate (2007-2009)
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District Offices:
1. 4150 Belden Village St., Suite 408, Canton, OH 44718
Phone: 330-489-4414 / Fax: 330-489-4448

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Date of Birth: October 5, 1969