Rep. LaTourette announces retirement from Congress

PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) announced that he is retiring from Congress after nine terms in office.

LaTourette made the official announcement during a 10 a.m. news conference on Tuesday morning.

He expressed frustration over Partisan fighting in Congress, as well as lawmakers inability to pass a Federal Highway bill or a Farm Bill.

Latourette says he will not be a part of the process to pick his replacement.

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement regarding the decision by Congressman LaTourette to not seek re-election to a 10th term:

"Congressman LaTourette has always been a champion for his district and all of Northeast Ohio; a leader who preferred common sense and meeting the needs of people over towing the party line. We need more people like Steve who are gracious and willing to reach across the aisle. I will miss his wit and ability to get things done. His departure from Congress will be a loss to the Ohio delegation. I wish him well in his future plans."

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