John Boccieri (born October 5, 1969) is an American politician who has represented the 59th district in the Ohio House of Representatives since being appointed to fill a vacancy on September 29, 2015. He served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 16th congressional district from 2009 to 2011, and lost his 2010 bid for reelection to Republican Jim Renacci. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and previously served in the Ohio State Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives. Boccieri resides in Poland, Ohio.
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 59th district
September 29, 2015 – December 31, 2018
|Preceded by||Ron Gerberry|
|Succeeded by||Don Manning|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 16th district
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Ralph Regula|
|Succeeded by||Jim Renacci|
|Member of the Ohio Senate|
from the 33rd district
1 January 2007 – 31 December 2008
|Preceded by||Bob Hagan|
|Succeeded by||Joe Schiavoni|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 61st district
January 3, 2001 – December 31, 2006
|Preceded by||Ron Hood|
|Succeeded by||Mark Okey|
|Born||October 5, 1969|
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||St. Bonaventure University (B.S.)|
Webster University (M.A./M.P.A.)
|Profession||Air Force Officer|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1994–1998 (Air Force|
1998-present (Air Force Reserve)
|Unit||773d Airlift Squadron|
|Battles/wars||Operation Iraqi Freedom|
Early life and careerEdit
Boccieri was born in Youngstown where he graduated from Ursuline High School in 1988. He attended St. Bonaventure University in New York, graduating with a B.S. in 1992, after which he played minor league baseball in the Frontier League. Following one season of baseball, he began his career in government. After working as staff for several members of the Ohio House of Representatives, Boccieri joined the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant. He also earned two master's degrees (M.A. 1992, M.P.A. 1996) from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Boccieri flew the C-130 Hercules as a member of the Air Force Reserve. He has been forward deployed several times and served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, causing him to take leaves of absence from the Ohio Legislature.
After leaving the active duty Air Force, he re-entered politics, running for and winning the 61st District of the Ohio House of Representatives in 2000. In 2006, he won a seat in the Ohio State Senate in District 33; he was unopposed.
United States CongressEdit
There had been speculation throughout 2007 that Boccieri would challenge U.S. Representative Ralph Regula to represent the 16th District in the U.S. House, a seat Regula had held for 36 years. When Regula announced his retirement in late 2007, Boccieri faced an open field. He defeated state Representative Mary Cirelli with 64% of the vote in the Democratic primary. He faced and defeated State Senator Kirk Schuring in the general election. He was the first Democrat to represent this district in 58 years.
On November 2, 2010, Boccieri lost his bid for a second term in Congress after being defeated by Republican businessman Jim Renacci. He was defeated handily in an overwhelmingly Republican year; Boccieri received only 40% of the vote, compared to 52% for Renacci (a Libertarian candidate took the remaining votes).
Return to Ohio House of RepresentativesEdit
- Associated Press (September 29, 2015). "John Boccieri named to vacant seat in Ohio House". Times Reporter. New Philadelphia, OH.
- "BOCCIERI, John A. - Biographical Information". congress.gov. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- "Ohio Election Results, 2008". The New York Times.
- Barone, Michael (October 18, 2010). "Dems Find Careers Threatened by Obamacare Votes". Rasmussen Reports. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
- "Renacci sweeps to victory over Boccieri". The Repository. November 3, 2010. Archived from the original on November 8, 2010.
- Jo, Ingles (September 29, 2015). "New Members are Appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives: Former Congressman John Boccieri and Ottawa County Commissioner Steven Arndt are the Newest Additions to the Ohio House". WKSU Radio. Kent, OH.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th congressional district
2009 – 2011
| Ohio state Senator from 33rd district
January 3, 2007 – December 31, 2008