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Frederick Carlyle Boucher (born August 1, 1946) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 9th congressional district from 1983 to 2011.
He is a member of the Democratic Party.
He was defeated in the 2010 elections, while trying to be elected to a 15th term, when he was challenged by Morgan Griffith.
Early life, education and career
Boucher is a native of Abingdon, Virginia, where he currently lives. He earned his BA from Roanoke College where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He has practiced law on Wall Street initially as an associate at Milbank Tweed in the firm's New York City office, and later in Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, he served for seven years as a member of the Senate of Virginia. His a former member of the Law and Justice Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Board of Directors of the First Virginia Bank of Damascus, Virginia, and the Board of Directors of Client Centered Legal Services of Southwest Virginia. He formerly served on the Advisory Board of Virginia Cares Inc.
In May 2011, Boucher joined prominent Washington law firm Sidley Austin and was charged with leading their government strategies practice. The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), an industry advocacy group, also announced that Boucher has joined as the honorary chair. The IIA includes among its members AT&T and Americans for Tax Reform and has focused on expanding broadband access and adoption with particular emphasis on increased mobile connectivity for underserved and rural communities.
Boucher announced his engagement at age 59 to Amy Hauslohner, an editor of the Galax Gazette in Galax, Virginia. Said Boucher of the engagement "We have decided since I will be 60 in August and she just turned 50 last week, we probably are mature enough to handle marriage." Boucher and Houslohner were married on June 3, 2006.