GOP sources: Ohio Rep. LaTourette to retire
July 30th, 2012
08:12 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP sources: Ohio Rep. LaTourette to retire

(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette has decided not to run for re-election, GOP sources told CNN on Monday.

The Ohio Republican is in his ninth term and is among a dwindling group of GOP moderates on Capitol Hill.

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He has a close relationship with House Speaker John Boehner, who is also an Ohio Republican.

LaTourette was the key Republican advocate for the so-called Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction and budget plan, which ultimately failed in the House. He had predicted the plan would get more than 100 votes, but the measure fell short by a wider margin.

Ohio Reps. Steve Austria, a Republican, and Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, will also not be returning to the House for another term. Kucinich lost a March primary to fellow Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, then in May announced he would not seek other avenues to return to the House.

LaTourette won re-election in 2010 with 65% of the vote, and since his first election, has consistently won more than 50% of the votes cast.

– CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    He's clearly not radical and bigoted enough to serve as a Republican in today's Congress.

    July 30, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. george of the jungle

    that means the repos will try and replace him with another far right wacko. No moderates left in the republican party. Forward. 2011

    July 30, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Reggie from LA

    So, he can't stand them either. He knows hateful when he sees it. Can't say I blame him. West, Gomert, Cantor, Daniels, Clarence Thomas (threw him in for good measure). Just a few examples of the "great ones", yep.

    July 30, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Darryl

    mabe the dems can pick up a few seats now.Mabe we can pass the jobs act and go to work !

    July 30, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. James Klimaski

    Moderate Republican? There are no moderate Republicans in the House. The Republicans almost always vote as a block and Rep. LaTourette is amongst them. The House Republicans can be classified as,cowards, crazies and extreme crazies. Tourette's moderation gets him placed as a coward and not one of the crazies – a classification he can be proud of at the end of his career as a politician.

    July 30, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. joe

    Another sane man driven from congress by the right wing crazies.

    July 30, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Brian Dodge

    Moderate Republican is an oxymoron, like the living dead.

    July 30, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Need ModeratesToo

    The Congressman visited our manufacturing facility two years ago and I was very impressed by his very real effort to connect with folks from the shop floor to the front office. As a "GreenTech" company we had our share of dignitaries dropping in when the concept was cool but he impressed us all with his willingness to explain his views and seek ours. He'll be missed as congress continues to polarize itself to a grinding halt.

    July 30, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. enuff

    Kind of sucks when your party becomes so extreme that you have to quit to avoid the lunatics. Unfottunately, when it gets to that point, it's the american public that loses.

    July 30, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Dave

    Bill is a used car salesman

    July 30, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. Dave

    Thanks for not posting my defamatory comments about this pultroon

    July 30, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. biologixco

    Another one bites the dust.
    Now if all of them would retire, we might get someplace

    July 31, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  13. biologixco

    Don't let the door hit you in the behind.

    July 31, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  14. 0rangeW3dge

    replace him with a Brown Shirt

    July 31, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    I suspect in Ohio that puts this seat in range of a democratic candidate to take from Republicans, or at least close the gap substantially, which in swing staTe could be very important. even Steve Austria's seat may not be safe.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 31, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  16. Squincher

    That's a damn shame.................. :(

    If both parties had dull, boring, yet practical and pragmatic Moderates as their Majorities instead of all the Tea Baggers or Occupy Wall Streeeters, America would be a much different, better place.

    July 31, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    What is a GOP moderate? Someone who draws the line at public crucifiction?

    July 31, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  18. GI Joe

    If he signed that pledge to Norquist before country, then good riddance.

    July 31, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |