Former Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette dies at age 62


CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.

Dino Disanto, LaTourette’s former chief of staff, says LaTourette died Wednesday night surrounded by his family at his home in McLean, Virginia.

LaTourette represented northeast Ohio’s 19th Congressional District and then the 14th Congressional District from 1995 to 2013. He was a member of the Republican Party, but was generally regarded as a moderate.

He was a supporter of infrastructure spending, Amtrak and congressional set-asides known as earmarks. When he announced his retirement, LaTourette said he was sick of the partisanship that had taken over Congress.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman released a statement late Wednesday, describing the former congressman as “a proud son of Cleveland, a tough prosecutor and an effective legislator.”

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