Steven LaTourette

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Steve LaTourette served the 14th Congressional district of Ohio, 1995-2013

Steven C. LaTourette, a Republican, represented the 14th Congressional District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2013. He retired in 2012. (map) LaTourette will now serve as the head of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of moderate and centrist members of the Republican Party.[1] He will create a super PAC to ally with moderate Republicans. His wife, Jennifer, will also join RMSP.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

LaTourette voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Involvement in The Jack Abramoff Scandal

Papers filed in the Jack Abramoff case show that LaTourette wrote a letter to The General Services Administration on behalf of an Abramoff associate, and networked on Abramoff's behalf with indicted Congressman Bob Ney.

LaTourette was asked to work with indicted Jack Abramoff co-conspirator David Safavian to pass a regulation change that might secure minority-owned small-business contracts for Indian tribes Abramoff represented.

According to an FBI document, Abramoff "sent an e-mail to Safavian's home e-mail address containing a draft letter purportedly to be sent by at least two members of Congress to the Administrator of GSA."[1]

Connections to Tom DeLay

LaTourette was a member of the House ethics committee when it "sat in judgment on Majority Leader Tom DeLay when he was investigated for offering financial support to the political campaign of a retiring representative's son in exchange for his vote on the Republican Medicare bill." LaTourette has received $16,000 in campaign contributions from DeLay since 1994, but says the relationship will not cause bias.[2]

Republican removal from the House Ethics Committee

In 2004, Hulshof was a member of the House Ethics Committee at the time it was investigating then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). The committee did not formally charge DeLay with any wrongdoing, but it did rebuke him for three separate actions that could have given the appearance of impropriety.[3] Many Republicans were furious at the perceived disloyalty to the party of the committee's Republican members, and Speaker Dennis Hastert replaced Hulshof along with Chairman Joel Hefley and Rep. Steve LaTourette at the beginning of the 109th Congress with members more loyal to the party leadership, including two who had given money to DeLay's legal defense fund.[4]

Extramarital Affair with Lobbyist

LaTourette became a controversial figure in the months following October 2003, when he telephoned his wife, still living in the Ohio, that he was having an affair with a lobbyist and was filing for divorce. The affair was publicized in 2003 by The Hill newspaper, and the online news magazine Salon reported in Oct. 2004 that LaTourette's mistress was Jennifer Laptook, a former aide now working as a lobbyist for Van Scoyoc Associates, which lobbies LaTourette's committee on a number of issues.[5]

Cliff Schecter at wrote, LaTourette "was blending into the woodwork as a Republican Party regular -- not as extreme as some of his more partisan colleagues but acceptably conservative (the Christian Coalition recently rated his voting record 84 percent favorable) -- when the revelation of his affair made him a poster boy for Republican "family values" hypocrisy."[6]


LaTourette was born July 22, 1954. A graduate of the University of Michigan, LaTourette served as the County Prosecutor of Lake County, Ohio from 1989 to 1995.

Congressional career

Promising to only serve two terms, he was elected to the U.S. House in 1994. He was part of the wave of Republican successes in that year, defeating incumbent Eric Fingerhut.

"A former prosecutor, LaTourette has used conservative social issues to turn the once Democratic district into a marginally Republican one. He is a favorite of the National Rifle Association."[7]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Lewis Katz to face LaTourette in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [8] LaTourette retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Steven LaTourette
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Steven LaTourette. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2453 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3514
Phone: 202-225-5731
Fax: 202-325-3307
Web Email

District Office - Painesville:
1 Victoria Place, Room 320
Painesville, OH 44077
Phone: 440-352-3939
TollFree: 800-447-0529
Fax: 440-352-3622
Fax: 440-266-0498

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy Trade and Technology, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Railroads Pipelines and Hazardous Materials,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 8, 1994
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1995
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Prosecuting Attorney, Lake County (OH),
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District Offices:
1. 1 Victoria Place, Room 320, Painesville, OH 44077
Phone: 440-352-3939 / Fax: 440-352-3622

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Date of Birth: July 22, 1954


  1. Jake Sherman, "LaTourette starts lobbying shop", Politico, January 8, 2013
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.