A member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, LaTourette was a supporter of infrastructure spending, Amtrak and congressional set-asides known as earmarks.
When he announced in 2012 that he would not seek re-election, he told reporters he was sick of the partisanship.
“It’s been my experience that compromise, cooperation, getting something done, is not rewarded,” LaTourette said.
Ohio Republicans remembered the congressman for his humor and bipartisanship.
“He was a proud son of Cleveland, a tough prosecutor and an effective legislator who could find common ground with just about anyone,” U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said in a statement.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said LaTourette was quite simply "one of a kind."
“We need more people like Steve LaTourette in public service,” Borges said in a statement.
Gov. John Kasich said on social media that LaTourette’s family “can take great pride in the legacy he has left us.”
In May 2015, LaTourette filed a claim against the government over the treatment he received from his Capitol doctors, claiming they failed to pass along critical information about a lesion on his pancreas and the need for follow-up monitoring. The filing was the first step toward a lawsuit.
LaTourette received his medical care from Capitol physicians over his 18-year congressional career. In 2012, he went to the hospital with gastrointestinal pain, which was diagnosed as pancreatitis.
An MRI revealed a small lesion on his pancreas and the radiologist told a Capitol physician that follow-up imaging needed to be done in six months, according to LaTourette’s filing with the court. But LaTourette said he was never told of the MRI’s results or the need to get another.
When his pain returned in 2014, he saw private doctors and learned the mass had grown significantly and was cancerous.
LaTourette leaves behind his wife Jennifer and six children including Ohio state Rep. Sarah LaTourette.