Rep. LaTourette dies, transportation advocate
Former GOP Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio died Wednesday at the age of 62 after fighting pancreatic cancer, according to several media reports. LaTourette was a well-known transportation advocate, especially for his northeastern Ohio district, and did stints on the House Transportation and Appropriations committees before retiring in 2013.
He was also famous for his biting sense of humor, whether he was playfully suggesting a Cabinet secretary was under the influence for elevating biking to the same level of importance as vehicles in transportation planning, or blasting his colleagues for not putting in what he felt was an adequate amount of effort into writing the 2012 transportation bill. Read more here.