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|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Eric Fingerhut|
|Succeeded by||Dave Joyce|
|Constituency||19th district (1995–2003)
14th district (2003–2013)
|Born||(1954-07-22)July 22, 1954
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||August 3, 2016(2016-08-03) (aged 62)
McLean, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Susan LaTourette (1982–2003)
Jennifer Laptook (2003–2016)
|Children||6, including Sarah|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Cleveland State University
Steven Clare LaTourette (July 22, 1954 – August 3, 2016) was an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 19th congressional district and then Ohio's 14th congressional district from 1995 to 2013. He was a member of the Republican Party. On July 30, 2012, it was reported that he would retire at the end of his term and not seek re-election. He subsequently co-founded a lobbying firm.
Early life, education and career
LaTourette was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Patricia Munn and Eugene LaTourette, an accountant. The LaTourette family were French Huguenots who fled persecution in the 1600s and first settled in Staten Island, New York.
After a stint as a public defender, LaTourette was elected the County Prosecutor of Lake County, Ohio, and served from 1989 to 1995. There, he made his name prosecuting the Kirtland mass murders that were organized by mass-murderer and self-proclaimed prophet, Jeffrey Lundgren.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Appropriations
LaTourette is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership. In 2006 LaTourette co-authored the Financial Data Protection Act of 2006, which sought to unify state and federal laws on banking and privacy and ease the burden of patchwork legislation.
In 1997, LaTourette sponsored H.R. 1151, a law that among other things exempted credit unions chartered for the purpose of making, or had a history of primarily making, member business loans, from certain regulatory restrictions. The effect of the deregulatory change was to increase risky lending to taxi companies, helping temporarily drive up the price of tax licenses before eventually resulting in large credit union losses and hundreds of bankruptcies.
On Thursday, March 17, 2011, LaTourette became one of only seven Republicans who voted "NO" on a measure introduced in the US House of Representatives to strip all government funding from NPR.
In a meeting with transit advocates, LaTourette disparaged fellow legislators, referring to them as "knuckledraggers that came in during the last election that hate taxes" and are reluctant even to consider raising revenues as part of a compromise to extend the debt ceiling.
On June 28, 2012, LaTourette was one of only two Republicans (along with Scott Rigell of Virginia) who voted against a motion to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress, though he did vote to bring civil charges against Holder, for his handling of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.
LaTourette was elected to the House in 1994 in the wave of Republican successes in that year, defeating incumbent Eric Fingerhut. LaTourette served the 19th district of Ohio from 1995 to 2003. After another district was eliminated in the round of redistricting following the 2000 Census, LaTourette's district was renumbered to the 14th district of Ohio, where he represented the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, northeastern Summit County, northern Trumbull County, northern Portage County, Ashtabula County, Lake County, and Geauga County.
On July 30, 2012, it was reported that LaTourette would retire at the end of his term and not seek re-election.
|Year||Democratic||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|1994||Eric Fingerhut||89,701||43%||Steven C. LaTourette||99,997||48%||Ronald Young||Independent||11,364||6%||Jerome Brentar||Independent||5,180||3%|
|1996||Thomas Coyne Jr.||101,152||41%||Steven C. LaTourette||135,012||55%||Thomas Martin||Natural Law||10,655||4%|
|1998||Elizabeth Kelley||64,090||34%||Steven C. LaTourette||126,786||66%|
|2000||Dale V. Blanchard||101,842||32%||Steven C. LaTourette||206,639||65%||Sid Stone||Libertarian||10,367||3%|
|2002||Dale V. Blanchard||51,846||28%||Steven C. LaTourette||134,413||72%||*|
|2004||Capri S. Cafaro||119,714||37%||Steven C. LaTourette||201,652||63%|
|2006||Lewis R. Katz||97,753||39%||Steven C. LaTourette||144,069||58%||Werner J. Lange||Nonpartisan||8,500||3%|
|2008||William O'Neill||125,214||39%||Steven C. LaTourette||188,488||58%||David Macko||Libertarian||9,511 ||3%|
|2010||William O'Neill||72,604||31%||Steven C. LaTourette||149,878||65%||John Jelenic||Libertarian||8,383||4%|
Illness and death
In mid-2014 LaTourette discovered that he had pancreatic cancer. Consequently, he filed a claim in May 2015 against the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress citing a lack of information in that regard when he was observed earlier. LaTourette died on August 3, 2016, from pancreatic cancer, aged 62.
- Ohio's 19th congressional district
- Ohio's 14th congressional district
- List of federal political sex scandals in the United States
- List of United States representatives from Ohio
- "Recently Retired Boehner Ally Opens DC Lobbying Shop". talking points memo. January 9, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- "Jennifer Laptook, Steven LaTourette". Retrieved January 19, 2013.
- "Metsger Discusses Taxi Medallion Credit Unions and Risk-Based Capital Rule". NCUA.
- Rosenthal, Brian (May 19, 2019). "As Thousands of Taxi Drivers Were Trapped in Loans, Top Officials Counted the Money". NY Times.
- Falone, Michael. "GOP's Unlucky Class of '94'". CBS News. July 2, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2010 – via Politico.
- "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 192". Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- Tanya Snyder (March 16, 2011). "Rep. LaTourette Tells Transit Advocates to Ask Congress for What They Need". Archived from the original on March 22, 2011.
- "Obama's Big and Quiet Transformation". New York Review of Books. February 7, 2013.
- "Congressional Bills and Votes". Politics.nytimes.com. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- "Rep. Steve LaTourette to retire from Congress, sources say". cleveland.com. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
"Federal Elections 2008". Washington DC: Federal Elections Commission. July 2009. Cite journal requires
- Reinhard, Beth (October 24, 2013). "Inside the Messy but Moneyed Republican Plan to Neutralize the Tea Party". National Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- "Ex-Rep. Steve LaTourette, Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County sign Supreme Court briefs to support same-sex marriage". cleveland.com. March 6, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- Taylor, Andrew (May 27, 2015). "Former Rep. LaTourette files claim vs US over missed cancer". Associated Press. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- Sabrina Eaton (August 4, 2016). "Former congressman Steve LaTourette dies at age 62". cleveland.com.
- President Steven C. LaTourette at McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Profile at SourceWatch
- Retiring Rep. Steve LaTourette: You have to ‘hand over your wallet and your voting card’ to extremes, Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post, July 31, 2012
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