|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Tom Sawyer|
|Succeeded by||Dave Joyce|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th district
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Eric Fingerhut|
|Succeeded by||District eliminated|
July 22, 1954 |
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Susan LaTourette (1982–2003)
Jennifer Laptook (2003–present)
|Alma mater||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Cleveland State University
Steven C. "Steve" LaTourette (born July 22, 1954) is 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 is 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. A graduate of Cleveland Heights High School (1972) and the University of Michigan, LaTourette studied law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.
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 serial 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.
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 in the last election that hate taxes," due to their reluctance to even consider revenue 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%|
- Ohio's 19th congressional district
- Ohio's 14th congressional district
- List of United States Representatives from Ohio
- Obama’s Big and Quiet Transformation Feb 7, 2013 New York Review of Books
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- Federal Elections 2008. Federal Elections Commission, Washington DC, July 2009
- Reinhard, Beth (24 October 2013). "Inside the Messy but Moneyed Republican Plan to Neutralize the Tea Party". National Journal. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- President Steven C. LaTourette at McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies
- Congressman Steven C. LaTourette official U.S. House site[dead link]
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project 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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