Congressman Steven C. LaTourette is serving his ninth term in the United States House of Representatives and represents Northeast Ohio's 14th Congressional District, which includes all of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, and part of Cuyahoga, Summit, Trumbull and Portage counties. All told, there are 22 cities, 34 villages and 63 townships in the 14th District.

LaTourette is a fiscally conservative, moderate Republican who is well respected in his district.  He strives to take a bipartisan and regional approach to governing and is widely credited with leading the successful effort to save more than 1,100 jobs at Cleveland's Defense Finance and Accounting Service, which the Pentagon hoped to close as part of its Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

More recently, LaTourette took a leading role in trying to assist auto dealers impacted by the bankruptcy and bailout of GM and Chrysler.  His efforts led to the creation of an arbitration process so dealers could save their businesses.  After nearly 1,600 dealers filed for arbitration, the automakers voluntarily reinstated hundreds of dealers, saving an estimated 40,000 jobs.

LaTourette is one of Speaker John Boehner's closest colleagues in the House, and he was asked to escort the Speaker to the House Floor to be sworn in, and was asked to take the gavel and preside after the ceremony. Speaker Boehner also appointed LaTourette as one of three House Members to serve on the Board of Regents for the Smithsonian Institution.

 LaTourette was appointed to the prestigious House Appropriations Committee in 2009 and is the only member from NE Ohio. This panel provides funding for all federal government programs with the exception of mandatory spending programs like Social Security and Medicare.  He serves on three subcommittees: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Interior, Environment and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch.

 The Congressman brings extensive experience in transportation policy to the committee, having served 14 years on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in several leadership positions.   He continues to focus on the maintenance and growth of our nation's infrastructure.   At the start of the 112th Congress, LaTourette was named Vice-Chair of the transportation subcommittee, meaning he will serve as Chair in absence of the Chairman.

As a member of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee, LaTourette plays a role in the funding priorities for our national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands, water resource protection, and cultural agencies, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center.  He emphasizes effective use of tax dollars in the management of these natural and cultural resources with a keen understanding that these resources also enhance economic development.  Finally, as a member of the subcommittee responsible for funding the legislative branch of government, he is especially interested in the effective use of legislative resources in serving constituents.

LaTourette continues to be actively involved in Great Lakes' and environmental issues and served as Co-Chair of the influential Great Lakes Task Force for a decade.  In 2005, LaTourette was named co chair of the Northeast Midwest Coalition (NEMW) and its Manufacturing Task Force, which has oversight of the Great Lakes Task Forces.  NEMW focuses on economic competitiveness and environmental quality in the Northeast and Midwest states.  He is co-founder of the Nursing Caucus, and has been a leading advocate for nursing issues in Congress.

Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, LaTourette served from 1989 to 1995 as the Lake County Prosecutor. In 1990, he was named Prosecuting Attorney of the Year in Ohio for his successful prosecution of 13 members of a murderous religious cult. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He lives in Bainbridge Township and is the father of six children.

What others say about Steve LaTourette…

Cleveland Plain Dealer:

  • He has "become Cleveland's most effective representative in Washington."
  •  "LaTourette rode the 1994 'Contract with America' wave to Washington, but has long since established himself as an independent voice who's not afraid to break with his party."
  • "In his often low-key, laconic way, LaTourette has done just what voters sent him to Washington to do. He gets things done for all of Ohio."
  • "He doesn't duck hard questions about why he does what he does. He works well across party lines and has gone to bat repeatedly for Greater Cleveland projects far afield from his district."
  • "Business and civic leaders in Cleveland, many of whom can't vote for LaTourette because he's outside their districts, have come to count on the non-Cleveland Republican much more than they count on their two resident Democrats."

Akron Beacon Journal:

  • "LaTourette has demonstrated a refreshing independence and much-needed capacity to work with Democrats."
  • He is "not a generic Republican."

The News-Herald (Willoughby, OH):

  • "…of all the members of Congress in Northeast Ohio, he is the only heavyweight who delivers to his constituents."
  • "LaTourette has admirably represented the residents and business interests of the 14th District for several years."

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