Washington (CNN) – John Boccieri shouldn't be happy.
The first term Congressman from Ohio lost his re-election effort two weeks ago, running a campaign that emphasized his support for Democratic initiatives like health care reform, cap and trade, and the stimulus bill.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton often causes a stir when he stumps on the campaign trail, but at a rally for Ohio Democrats Gov. Ted Strickland and Rep. John Boccieri, it was Boccieri who initiated the commotion when he rushed offstage to be with his pregnant wife, Stacey.
Clinton was in the middle of his speech at a rally in Canton, Ohio on Saturday when he paused as Strickland tapped his elbow and told him Boccieri's wife was in labor.
Newtown, PA (CNN) - They enlisted in the military, served in the recent war in Iraq and successfully ran for public office. Now they are fighting for their political lives.
Of the handful of members of Congress who saw combat in Iraq, toppling Saddam Hussein or helping maintain the peace in the war's aftermath, two veterans are locked in tough re-election campaigns: Democratic Reps Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania and John Boccieri of Ohio.
Both men won their first elections – Murphy in 2006 and Boccieri in 2008 – by touting their experiences as military veterans while challenging George W Bush's handling of the war and economic stewardship.
(CNN) - Freshman Ohio Democratic Rep. John Boccieri has decided to attend President Obama's Cleveland speech on the economy Wednesday.
The fact that a Democrat joining the president for a speech in his home state is news is a sign of the political times – especially in the battleground of Ohio.
Boccieri is in a neck-and-neck race to save his seat in a district that voted for John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008, and where the president's agenda since he took office has been highly controversial.
Canton, Ohio (CNN) – A source close to Ohio Democratic Congressman John Boccieri tells CNN that although the White House invited him to President Obama's speech in Cleveland Wednesday, he has not yet decided whether he will attend.
The source says the first term Democrat, who is in a neck and neck race in his conservative district, has his own plan for R&D tax credits for small businesses, and he is waiting for details about the president's. Boccieri already has events scheduled Wednesday, including one with the local police, which the source called "local priorities."
Boccieri's 16th district is about an hour's drive from Cleveland. Although voters there elected Boccieri in 2008, they went for John McCain over Barack Obama. His opponent, Jim Renacci, is following the GOP playbook this year, trying to tie Boccieri to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Ohio 16th – Rep. John Boccieri is seeking a 2nd term
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: Canton/Northeastern Ohio
Days until Election Day: 56
There's no shortage this year of House Democrats in traditionally Republican districts who were first elected in the Obama wave of 2008. Now, many of those members, including Rep. John Boccieri from Ohio's Canton-based 16th district, are in serious jeopardy of losing their seats after just one term.
Washington (CNN) - They were key players in Sunday's health care vote. Now a group of Washington lawmakers hope to be just as pivotal on the basketball court as they face off Wednesday night in an annual charity game against Georgetown University Law Center faculty.
Among the members of the 12-man congressional "Hill's Angels" team are Democratic Reps. Michael Arcuri of New York, John Boccieri of Ohio, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Frank Kratovil of Maryland, and Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania, whose votes were heavily courted in the run-up to the late Sunday night vote.
House Democrats hold an overwhelming majority on the team, but the roster does include two Republicans, Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake and South Dakota Sen. John Thune. Thune co-chairs the squad with Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
The lawmakers narrowly defeated the Georgetown professors 48 to 42 in last year's game, in which Flake, Kratovil, and Thune were top scorers.
Proceeds from the 23rd annual "Home Court" match-up benefit a D.C.-area homeless program.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. John Boccieri, D-Ohio, announced Friday he is switching his vote to "yes" on the health care reform bill which is expected to come to a vote Sunday. The Ohio lawmaker previously voted against the House version of the health care reform bill late last year.
Boccieri announced his decision to support the bill at a Capitol Hill news conference surrounded by constituents who have been adversely affected by the current health care system.
"When I think…what could happen to those 39,000 people in my congressional district who don't have health care insurance, or the 9,800 people in my congressional district who are living with pre-existing conditions," Boccieri said, "they are one medical emergency, one bankruptcy, one diagnosis away from complete and utter economic chaos."
The Ohio Democrat has been targeted in television ads by health care proponents pressuring him to switch his vote. He is the first Democrat to represent Ohio's 16th congressional district in close to 60 years.