Speaker John Boehner released the following statement regarding Rep. Steve LaTourette's (R-OH) announcement that he will retire at the end of this year:
"Steve LaTourette is a close friend and an effective legislator who has served the people of Ohio with passion and unrivaled wit for nearly 20 years. As dean of the Ohio delegation and a key voice on matters of spending and infrastructure, Steve has fought for common-sense reforms to eliminate duplicative programs, cut red tape and help create a better environment for private-sector job growth. He has also been a champion of the Great Lakes, and has used his position as chair of the Great Lakes Task Force to advocate for policies that balance environmental and economic concerns to ensure the ongoing health of Lake Erie and the communities that rely upon the lake for industry and fishing.
"I look forward to working with Steve throughout the remainder of his term, and I wish him all the best in the years to come. Republicans are in good position to hold this seat, and I am confident that Steve's legacy will continue on as northeast Ohioans elect a new representative this November to fight for a stronger economy and a more accountable government."
NOTE: Steve LaTourette was first elected to public office in 1988 as Lake County Prosecutor. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. Given LaTourette's intent to withdraw from the ballot on August 8th, the Republican chairmen and secretaries in the seven counties comprising Ohio's 14th Congressional District will select a replacement for LaTourette before August 13th.