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Steve LaTourette

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1995
Preceded by Tom Sawyer

Born July 22, 1954 (1954-07-22) (age 55)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jennifer Laptook LaTourette
Residence Concord, Ohio
Alma mater University of Michigan, Cleveland State University
Occupation attorney
Religion Methodist

Steven C. "Steve" LaTourette (born July 22, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American politician from Ohio. A Republican, he is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 14th congressional district.


Early life 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 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, Ashtabula County, and Lake County. He is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and is ranking member of that committee's Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime and a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership. Following his decision to vote to admonish then Majority Leader Tom DeLay, DeLay replaced LaTourette on the House Ethics Committee.[1] He is also a member of the House Financial Services Committee. In 2006 LaTourette co-authored the Financial Data Protection Act of 2006, which seeks to unify state and federal laws on banking and privacy and ease the burden of patchwork legislation.

Committee assignments

Electoral history

Ohio's 19th congressional district: Results 1994–2000[2]
Year Democrat 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[2]
Year Democrat 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 38.74% Steven C. LaTourette 188,488 58.32% David Macko Libertarian 9,511 [3] 2.94%
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2002, Sid Stone received 113 votes.

Personal life

In October 2003 Susan LaTourette accused her then husband of conducting an extramarital affair subsequent to his filing for divorce.[4] LaTourette briefly hinted of marital troubles two years previous to the October 2003 filing after a congressional directory incorrectly said he was divorced.[5] In October 2004 there was a brief controversy when some photographs of Latourette indicating his spending an evening at the residence of Jennifer Laptook, his former chief of staff, surfaced during the election.[6] LaTourette subsequently married Jennifer Laptook in 2005.[7]

See also


External links

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

District eliminated after 2000 Census
Preceded by
Thomas C. Sawyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

2003 – present


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