House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio bangs the gavel after being re-elected as House Speaker of the 113th Congress on Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption toggle caption Susan Walsh/AP Political Junkie John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now? January 7, 2013 It's been a rough couple of weeks for John Boehner. He was all but shut out of the fiscal cliff deal, dissed by his own party, and suffered 12 GOP defections when re-elected as speaker. But did he emerge from all of this as a loser? It's not that simple.