So, is he or isn't he? Boehner: 'I should be' considered a member of the Tea Party House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he "should be" considered a member of the Tea Party movement. Boehner, speaking on a Cincinnati radio affiliate, said he is a "big believer" in what the Tea Party stands for, and is in touch often with leaders of the grassroots, conservative movement. "I should be," Boehner said on WLW radio when asked if he were a member of the Tea Party. "I don't know if I actually pay dues, but I'm a big believer in the Tea Party," he added. "I talk to Tea Party activists all over my district and all over the country every day." The top House Republican isn't a member of the official House Tea Party Caucus founded last year by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). His office said at the time that, as a personal policy, the Ohio Republican doesn't join any other caucuses other than the GOP Conference.