10 Things You Didn't Know About John Boozman

The Arkansas Republican unseated Sen. Blanche Lincoln.


1. John Boozman was born Dec. 10, 1950, in Shreveport, La., and was the second of Fay and Marie Boozman's three children. The family moved often since his father was an Air Force master sergeant.

2. Boozman was a Razorback football player and zoology major while attending the University of Arkansas–Little Rock from 1969 to 1972. He did not graduate but completed the prerequisites he needed for optometry school.

3. In 1972, Boozman married Cathy Marley, whom he had met in high school. They have three daughters.

4. He attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis and graduated in 1977.

5. Also in 1977, he and his brother Fay founded Boozman Clinic (now BoozmanHof Regional Eye Clinic) in Rogers, Ark.

6. For nearly 20 years, the Boozmans raised polled Hereford cattle, which their daughters showed at local, state, and national competitions.

7. Boozman served two terms on the Rogers school board, from 1994 to 2001.

8. He was elected to the U.S. House in November 2001 after a special election to replace Asa Hutchinson, who became director of the Drug Enforcement Administration under President George W. Bush.

9. In January 2003, then-House Majority Whip Roy Blunt named Boozman assistant whip, which means he helps secure votes for GOP initiatives. Boozman still holds the position.

10. He sailed to an easy victory over seven competitors in June 2010's GOP Senate primary and defeated two-term Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the general election.