Former Northeast Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette was born in Cleveland, began his career as a public defender and in private practice before becoming Lake County prosecutor in 1988.
He served our region in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 20 years. He died last week at the age of 62 after battling cancer.
“I lost a friend and the region lost a titan of public service,” stated Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH). “God rest, my friend. You will be missed.”
"Steve made tough decisions based on what was right, not on party loyalty," reflected Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH). “He was a statesman and a true public servant. Steve will be greatly missed.”
Congressman LaTourette will always be remembered as an elected official who worked across party lines and partisan politics. He was instrumental in supporting his constituency and members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership on a variety of priority issues included in our Public Policy Agenda. He was a tireless advocate for the NASA Glenn Research Center.
In the mid 2000s, he successfully fought the closure of Cleveland’s Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) office, saving more than 1,000 jobs and adding new jobs in subsequent years. He worked closely with his fellow members of the Ohio Congressional delegation to make the Euclid Corridor transportation project a reality. And, he was a big believer in investing in our country’s infrastructure as well as our Great Lake.
Those who knew Steve LaTourette best, however, will certainly remember him for his sense of humor and ability to find common ground on policies crucial to Northeast Ohio.
Our region lost a champion last week. Our deepest condolences go out to Congressman Steve LaTourette’s friends and family.