Steven C. "Steve" LaTourette (born July 22, 1954) is the U.S. House of Representative for Ohio's 14th congressional district, serving since 1995. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education and career
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 outlaw Mormon, Jeffrey Lundgren.
U.S. House of Representatives
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."
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 currently serves 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.
January 17th, 2012