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 byDistrict eliminated
Personal details
Born(1954-07-22) July 22, 1954 (age 60)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Susan LaTourette (1982–2003)
Jennifer Laptook (2003–present)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Cleveland State University
 
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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 byDistrict eliminated
Personal details
Born(1954-07-22) July 22, 1954 (age 60)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Susan LaTourette (1982–2003)
Jennifer Laptook (2003–present)
Alma materUniversity 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.[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 serial 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.

Positions[edit]

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 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.[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]

1994[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.

2008[edit]

2010[edit]

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

2012[edit]

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]
YearDemocraticVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct3rd PartyPartyVotesPct3rd PartyPartyVotesPct
1994Eric Fingerhut89,70143%Steven C. LaTourette99,99748%Ronald YoungIndependent11,3646%Jerome BrentarIndependent5,1803%
1996Thomas Coyne, Jr.101,15241%Steven C. LaTourette135,01255%Thomas MartinNatural Law10,6554%
1998Elizabeth Kelley64,09034%Steven C. LaTourette126,78666%
2000Dale V. Blanchard101,84232%Steven C. LaTourette206,63965%Sid StoneLibertarian10,3673%
Ohio's 14th congressional district: Results 2002–2006[8]
YearDemocraticVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct3rd PartyPartyVotesPct
2002Dale V. Blanchard51,84628%Steven C. LaTourette134,41372%*
2004Capri S. Cafaro119,71437%Steven C. LaTourette201,65263%
2006Lewis R. Katz97,75339%Steven C. LaTourette144,06958%Werner J. LangeNonpartisan8,5003%
2008William O'Neill125,21438.74%Steven C. LaTourette188,48858.32%David MackoLibertarian9,511 [9]2.94%
2010William O'Neill72,60431%Steven C. LaTourette149,87865%John JelenicLibertarian8,3833.6%
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2002, Sid Stone received 113 votes.

Post-congressional career[edit]

LaTourette has 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]

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