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John Boozman

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd district
Assumed office 
November 20, 2001
Preceded by Asa Hutchinson

Born December 10, 1950 (1950-12-10) (age 59)
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cathy Boozman
Residence Rogers, Arkansas
Alma mater University of Arkansas, Southern College of Optometry
Occupation Optometrist, rancher
Religion Baptist

John Boozman (born December 10, 1950) is an American politician who has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing Arkansas's 3rd congressional district (map). The district is located in the northwestern part of the state and includes Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Rogers, Russellville and Bentonville. He is currently the sole Republican member of Congress (in either House) from Arkansas.




Early Life

Boozman was born in Fort Smith to Marie Nichols and Fay Winford Boozman, Jr.[1] He currently calls Rogers home. After graduating from Northside High School in Fort Smith, Boozman played football at the University of Arkansas while completing his pre-optometry requirements. He graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in 1977 and entered private practice that same year as co-founder of Boozman-Hof Regional Eye Clinic in Rogers, which has become a major provider of eye care to Northwest Arkansas.

Political Career

Prior to his election to Congress, Boozman served two terms on the Rogers Public School Board, which governs one of the largest school districts in Arkansas. He established the low vision program at the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock and worked as a volunteer optometrist at an area clinic that provides medical services to low-income families. Boozman successfully raised Polled Hereford cattle that were competitive in the show ring, as well as in bull testing at Oklahoma State University.

Boozman was elected to Congress in a special election after his predecessor, Asa Hutchinson, resigned to become the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Boozman was unopposed in 2002, defeated 2004 defeating Democratic State Representative Jan Judy by a margin of 59 percent to 38 percent and again won re-election in 2006, defeating Democrat Woodrow Anderson III. He was unopposed for reelection in 2008. His brother, Fay Boozman was the Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1998, having been defeated by the Democrat Blanche Lambert Lincoln.

In the 108th and 109th Congresses, Boozman served as an Assistant Whip, making him responsible for helping House Majority Whip Roy Blunt secure the votes necessary to pass critical legislation. Boozman was also named to the Speaker's Task Force for a Drug-Free America in 2003. The task force advised House Speaker Dennis Hastert on major drug policy issues and advocated comprehensive legislative solutions to illegal drug problem. In May 2004, Boozman was appointed to the House Policy Committee, the committee of key Republicans who vet issues and formulate legislation to address them. However,'s power rankings rate Boozman's power rating at 7.31, making him the 386th most powerful member out of 435, and displaying a considerable loss of influence. [1]. This is exemplified by the fact that after 8 years in Congress, Boozman has penned three bills which were enacted into law. All three involved naming a Post Office in his District.[2]

Boozman is also a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), which is an inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from the 19 member countries of NATO and 20 associate countries. He was also appointed vice-chairman of the British American Parliamentary Group, a group of American and British lawmakers who meet to discuss issues of concern and fortify the already strong alliance between the two nations.

Boozman is a member of numerous House caucuses including the Congressional Caucus to Fight & Control Methamphetamine, the National Guard & Reserve Components Caucus, the Congressional Rural Caucus and the Congressional Sportsman's Caucus. Boozman was also one of the founding members of the Congressional I-49 Caucus to promote completion of Interstate 49 and he is the chairman of the Congressional Caucus on the Côte d'Ivoire and West Africa Caucuses.

Boozman serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Veterans Affairs, International Relations, and Policy committees in the House. In the 109th Congress, he served as Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, which focuses on ensuring veterans have a smooth transition to civilian life.

U.S. attorney controversy

According to the April 28 Washington Post, Boozman was told by officials in the White House about its intention to fire Bud Cummins, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and replace him with Tim Griffin, an aide to Karl Rove. According to the Post, none of the Democrats in Arkansas' congressional delegation were told that Cummins was to be one of eight U.S. Attorneys to be fired. Although Boozman does not represent any counties in the Eastern District, he was informed because he is the only Republican in the state's congressional delegation.

Boozman told the Post and the Associated Press that White House officials had promised him that Griffin would be subject to Senate confirmation. Instead, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appointed Griffin as interim U.S. Attorney, using a provision of the Patriot Act that has since been repealed due to the controversy. Boozman also said that he didn't think Cummins should have been fired because he was "very well respected and has served the president well."[2][3]

Committee Assignments


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Asa Hutchinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd congressional district

2001 – present


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