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John LeBoutillier

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th district
In office
1981 – 1983
Preceded by Lester L. Wolff
Succeeded by Robert J. Mrazek

Born May 26, 1953 (1953-05-26) (age 56)
Glen Cove, New York
Political party Republican

John LeBoutillier (born May 26, 1953 in Glen Cove, New York) is an American political columnist and pundit, and a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.



LeBoutillier graduated from the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, in 1971. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1976, and earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1979.[1]

LeBoutillier first rose to national prominence in 1974. While still a college student at Harvard, he raised over a quarter million dollars for the campaign of former Vietnam War prisoner of war Leo K. Thorsness, a South Dakota Republican campaigning to unseat liberal senator George McGovern.[2] As a result, LeBoutillier has been an activist on POW/MIA issues ever since.

LeBoutillier's efforts on behalf of Thorsness caught the attention of President Ford's re-election campaign and in 1976 he was appointed regional coordinator, responsible for all field activities in New Jersey.[2]

Member of Congress

See also The 97th United States Congress

LeBoutillier was elected to Congress in 1980, representing New York's 6th District. He defeated 16-year incumbent Lester L. Wolff to become the youngest member of the 97th Congress.[3] He served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and as a member of Special House POW/MIA Task Force. After redistricting in 1982, LeBoutillier ran unsuccessfully for re-election versus Robert J. Mrazek in New York's 3rd congressional district.

Political commentator

Upon leaving Congress, LeBoutillier continued to be active on the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue. He founded the Sky Hook II Project, dedicated to recovering living American POWs in Southeast Asia. He has made frequent trips to Laos and Vietnam and also met with Lao and Vietnamese leaders in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, New York, Vientiane, and Paris.

LeBoutillier is a frequent guest on radio and television and has hosted radio talk show programs on WMCA radio and WABC radio. He conducted an exclusive television interview with Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn for NBC's Tomorrow Show in 1981, and interviewed Richard Nixon for ABC Radio in 1984. The interview was Nixon's first live network radio appearance since leaving the White House. He has been a frequent guest commentator on The Today Show, 20/20, Nightline, Crossfire, and Imus in the Morning.[2]

Since 2007, LeBoutillier has been a columnist at[4] He has also been a regular guest on George Galloway's radio show on Britain's talkSPORT. He has been critical of the George W. Bush administration, challenging the administration on its Iraqi War policies and the failure to halt the tide of illegal immigration. He was vocal in his opposition to the nomination of Senator John McCain as the Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential election, in part due to McCain's failure to acknowledge evidence of live American POWs left behind following the Vietnam War.[5]


LeBoutillier has written several books, most-notably the 1978 best-seller Harvard Hates America, a work similar in theme to William F. Buckley's 1950 God and Man at Yale. In 1989 he wrote Vietnam Now; The Case for Normalization and in 1979 co-authored a novel, Primary.

He has been a contributor to The New York Times, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, among others.[2]


LeBoutillier grew up on Long Island's North Shore. His father was Thomas LeBoutillier, a member of a prominent family and onetime Grumman test pilot.[3] His mother, Pamela LeBoutillier (née Tower), is the daughter of Roderick Tower and Flora Payne Whitney, a member of the New York Whitneys who are, in turn, descendants of the Vanderbilt family. Mrs. LeBoutillier is a distant cousin of the late Senator John Tower of Texas.[6] LeBoutillier's great great grandfather was William Collins Whitney, Secretary of the Navy under President Grover Cleveland.[3] LeBoutillier is a great grandson of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and he is also a descendant of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt.

He is a resident of Old Westbury, New York.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lester L. Wolff
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert J. Mrazek

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