John Boehner would have a sizeable crowd in Washington Wednesday to watch him be sworn in as the 61st Speaker of the House if it were only his blood relatives coming.
Boehner is the second oldest of the 12 children of the late Earl and Mary Ann Boehner of Reading; and 10 of his siblings and their families are going to Washington for the swearing-in.
But hundreds of others are coming as well, by plane, automobile and buses - cousins, family friends, campaign volunteers, Republican Party officials from all over Ohio, and tea party activists who supported the West Chester congressman's "Pledge to America'' campaign that led to the GOP taking over the House in the November election.
"There are a whole lot of us here who want to pay tribute to John's accomplishments," said David Kern, a Liberty Township trustee who is chairman of the Butler County Republican Party.
"It's something we are very proud of - that the speaker of the House comes from Butler County, Ohio," said Kern, who will fly to Washington Tuesday for the Boehner swearing-in and festivities. "That's something to celebrate."