Kissing Butts: Climate Denier Joins Tobacco Board
September 16, 2016
The former House Speaker, who smokes so much that his office had to be fumigated to get rid of the scent of stale cigarette smoke, just landed a fitting post-retirement gig as a director at Reynolds American ( ), the tobacco company that makes Camel and Newport. (Boehner was known to smoke Camel Ultra Lights.)
Boehner is likely hoping it’ll be easier to oversee Reynolds American’s management than it was to corral rowdy Republican lawmakers.
The jump to Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Reynolds American comes nearly a year after Boehner suddenly stepped down as House Speaker, a day after an emotional meeting with Pope Francis.
Reynolds American revealed the high-profile addition to its board in a statement on Thursday. The No. 2 U.S. tobacco company said Boehner will join the board immediately and serve on its corporate governance, nominating and sustainability committee.
In addition to not worrying about reeking of smoke at his next big meeting, Boehner’s new gig should carry a sweet raise, too.
No specific salary information was released by Reynolds, but directors at the company made at least $300,000 in fees and stock awards last year. One of directors hauled in nearly $1 million.
More on the sordid history, below.