GOP Rep. LaTourette announces retirement

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 2:02 PM

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Citing frustration with the climate in Congress, longtime Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette of Ohio has announced his retirement.

The nine-term lawmaker, a close confidant of House Speaker John Boehner, said at a news conference Tuesday in Painesville in his district that he wouldn't seek another term. He said the atmosphere in the House, in his words, "no longer encourages the finding of common ground."

LaTourette cited the toll the job has taken on him and said he didn't want to do it any longer.

LaTourette was elected to Congress during the Republican wave in 1994 when the party seized control of the House after decades in the minority. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

His retirement comes just three months before the November congressional elections.

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