Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Speaker of the House and notorious cigarette-lover John Boehner will be joining the board of Reynolds American, America’s second-largest tobacco company.
The company, headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, owns Camel — Boehner’s professed favorite — as well as Newport and Pall Mall brand cigarettes.
Boehner will serve on the board’s corporate governance, sustainability and nominating committee, the company said in a statement.
The transition is not a surprise for those who worked with Boehner, like House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had to fumigate his smoke-filled office when Boehner left Congress.
In 1996, Boehner was caught handing out contributions from tobacco lobbyists on the House floor. Then in 2014, he was criticized for accepting hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions from tobacco lobbyists, ultimately acknowledging it as a “bad habit.”
As speaker of the House, Boehner made $223,500 annually. It was unclear how much Boehner will earn as a board member.