Steve LaTourette

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Steve LaTourette
Steve LaTourette, Official Portrait, c112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byTom Sawyer
Succeeded byDave Joyce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byEric Fingerhut
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born(1954-07-22)July 22, 1954
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedAugust 3, 2016(2016-08-03) (aged 62)
McLean, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Susan LaTourette (1982–2003)
Jennifer Laptook (2003–2016)
Children6, including Sarah
Alma materUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Cleveland State University

Steven Clare "Steve" 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.[1]

Early life, education and career[edit]

LaTourette was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Patricia Munn and Eugene LaTourette, an accountant.[2] 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 mass murders that were organized by mass-murderer and self-proclaimed prophet, Jeffrey Lundgren.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6]

Political campaigns[edit]


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.



LaTourette defeated Democratic nominee and former Appellate Court judge Bill O'Neill in the general election, along with Libertarian nominee and accountant John Jelenic.


On July 30, 2012, it was reported that LaTourette would retire at the end of his term and not seek re-election.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Ohio's 19th congressional district: Results 1994–2000[8]
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%
Ohio's 14th congressional district: Results 2002–2006[8]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
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 [9] 3%
2010 William O'Neill 72,604 31% Steven C. LaTourette 149,878 65% John Jelenic Libertarian 8,383 4%
Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2002, Sid Stone received 113 votes.

Post-congressional career[edit]

LaTourette established a Super PAC, Defending Main Street. The PAC was created to curb the influence of the Tea Party movement in the Republican Party.[10]

Despite his previous opposition to same-sex marriage, in 2015, LaTourette signed a Supreme Court brief to overturn state bans on the practice.[11]

Illness and death[edit]

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.[12] LaTourette died on August 3, 2016, from pancreatic cancer, aged 62.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Recently Retired Boehner Ally Opens DC Lobbying Shop". January 9, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 192". Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  4. ^ [1] Archived March 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Obama's Big and Quiet Transformation February 7, 2013 New York Review of Books
  6. ^ "Congressional Bills and Votes -". Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Rep. Steve LaTourette to retire from Congress, sources say". Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  9. ^ Federal Elections 2008. Federal Elections Commission, Washington DC, July 2009
  10. ^ Reinhard, Beth (October 24, 2013). "Inside the Messy but Moneyed Republican Plan to Neutralize the Tea Party". National Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ex-Rep. Steve LaTourette, Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County sign Supreme Court briefs to support same-sex marriage". March 6, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  12. ^ Taylor, Andrew (May 27, 2015). "Former Rep. LaTourette files claim vs US over missed cancer". Associated Press. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  13. ^ Former congressman Steve LaTourette dies at age 62

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eric Fingerhut
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th congressional district

Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Tom Sawyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Joyce