Steven LaTourette

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Steven C. LaTourette
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U.S. House, Ohio, District 14
Retired Representative
In office
1995-2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 6, 1994
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHistory, University of Michigan, 1976
J.D.Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, 1980
Personal
BirthdayJuly 22, 1954
Place of birthCleveland, OH
Net worth$374,002
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Campaign website
Steven C. LaTourette (b. July 22, 1954) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Ohio. LaTourette was first elected in 1994.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, LaTourette is a "centrist Republican".[1]

Career

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  • 1976: Graduated from University of Michigan
  • 1979: Graduated from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1980-1983: Worked in the public defender’s office, Lake County, Ohio
  • 1989-1995: Served as prosecuting attorney of Lake County, Ohio
  • 1995-Present: U.S Representative from Ohio

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" LaTourette voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[2]

Lobbying position after leaving office

LaTourette was listed in March 2013 by USA Today as 1 of 16 former lawmakers who took on a lobbying related position after leaving office.[3] Sixteen of the 98 total lawmakers who have retired or were ousted by voters since January 2011 hold lobbying-related jobs.[3] USA Today looked at lawmakers who retired, resigned or lost their seats in the last Congress — along with the handful who left their posts during the first months of the new Congress.[3]

Despite rules in place to prevent the constant rotation of lawmakers into lobbying positions, many former lawmakers are entering into positions with either lobbying firms or trade associations.[3] Former House members are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for a year, and former senators are barred for two years.[3]

There are no restrictions, however, on providing behind-the-scenes advice to corporations and others seeking to shape federal legislation.[3] Ex-lawmakers can immediately lobby the executive branch and officials in state and local governments.[3] Many former lawmakers are taking advantage of this slight distinction, and are taking positions after their political careers end as consultants and strategists.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Ohio's 14th congressional district elections, 2012

LaTourette was initially running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, to represent Ohio's 14th District. He was the only Republican in the March 6, 2012 primary.

LaTourette announced his retirement on July 31, 2012, delaying the announcement long enough to prevent the need for a special election to fill the 14th district seat. LaTourette cited the demise of bipartisanship in Congress as one of the reasons for his retirement, saying the “toll” of the acrimony in Washington had come to outweigh the benefits of being a congressman.[4][5]

David Joyce (R) defeated Dale Virgil Blanchard (D), Elaine R. Mastromatteo (G), and David Macko (L) in the general election.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republicans will holds its majority in 2013.[6] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[6]

2010

On November 2, 2010, LaTourette won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bill O’Neill and John M. Jelenic in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 14 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven C. LaTourette Incumbent 64.9% 149,878
     Democratic Bill O’Neill 31.4% 72,604
     Libertarian John M. Jelenic 3.6% 8,383
Total Votes 230,865

Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are LaTourette's reports.[8]

Steven C. LaTourette (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$586,521.99$82,315.06$(48,372.84)$620,464.21
July Quarterly[10]July 15$620,464.21$145,250$(150,268.93)$615,445.28
Running totals
$227,565.06$(198,641.77)

2010

LaTourette won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, LaTourette's campaign committee raised a total of $1,290,686 and spent $1,217,066.[11]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 14 Election, 2010 - Steven LaTourette Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,290,686
Total Spent $1,217,066
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $137,671
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $143,126
Top contributors to Steven LaTourette's campaign committee
Forest City Enterprises$55,300
CentiMark Corp$26,400
Gross Builders$21,200
FirstEnergy Corp$14,800
Painters & Allied Trades Union$10,700
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Transportation Unions$75,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$68,545
Building Trade Unions$59,200
Special Trade Contractors$52,650
Real Estate$52,525

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. LaTourette paid his congressional staff a total of $866,415 in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 30th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, LaTourette's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $203,005 to $545,000. That averages to $374,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 23.75% from 2010.[13]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, LaTourette's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $316,004 to $665,000. This averages out to $490,502 which was lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[14]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. LaTourette ranked 189th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House. He is one of 12 republicans who scored higher on the liberal ranking than they did on the conservative one. [15]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. LaTourette was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 189th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[16]

Voting with party

Steven C. LaTourette voted with the Republican Party 84.2% of the time, which ranked 231 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[17]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas C. Sawyer
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio District 14
2003–present
Succeeded by
David Joyce (R)
Preceded by
Eric Fingerhut
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio District 19
1995–2003
Succeeded by
District eliminated after 2000 census