Washington (CNN) - His beginnings are humble - he started out sweeping floors in his father's Cincinnati bar and met his wife working as a janitor - but if Republicans take control after November elections, Rep. John Boehner will likely become the next speaker of the House.
The 10-term Ohio Republican will make a speech on national security on Tuesday ahead of President Obama's prime-time address on the end of combat operations in Iraq. It will be the second time that Boehner directly takes on the president in two weeks.
Last week while the president was on vacation, Boehner grabbed headlines by urging the president to fire his economic team. In Tuesday's speech, Boehner is expected to deliver a preemptive attack on the president's prime-time address on Iraq.