In lead-up to Election Day, Minority Leader says he prays ‘all day, every day’

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a grueling schedule, but election-year politics are not getting in the way of his prayer routine. 

“I’ve been praying all day, every day,” Boehner told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher this week. “Trying to make it through this election and make sure our team is successful.” 

Boehner is a practicing Roman Catholic, and has in the past joined with Democrats, notably the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), to support Catholic charities.

“[Prayer] does work,” Boehner told the host. “You’ve just got to stay at it every day and build a closer relationship with our Savior.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is also Catholic, told Fox News in 2007 that she prays for many things and people, including then-President George W. Bush. But, Pelosi said, she was taught that she should not pray for a political outcome. So it’s safe to say that Boehner is praying more to be Speaker than Pelosi. 

The Almighty notwithstanding, Boehner said he has another secret weapon that keeps him going at full throttle: a good night’s sleep.

“I’m in bed at 10 o’clock or before that every night, to try to get a good night’s sleep,” Boehner explained after Gallagher asked him how members of Congress always seem so “peppy” and “smiley” in spite of the demands of the job.

As one of the more gregarious members of the GOP leadership, Boehner also enjoys the occasional evening visit to the Capitol Hill Club. But he very rarely stays out past his bedtime.