Rep. John A. Boehner is leading a last-ditch effort by House Republican leaders to save the financial modernization bill.

The four-term Ohio Republican, a relative neophyte in the battle among banking, insurance, and securities firms, was selected in February by House Speaker Newt Gingrich to head a working group on reform. Last month Rep. Boehner's group revived the legislation just 12 days after it was declared dead.

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