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Hudson -- When former Congressman Steven C. LaTourette visits Hudson Library and Historical Society March 31 at 7 p.m., visitors are encouraged to ask questions.
LaTourette, who served 18 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Northeast Ohio, will discuss the current state of affairs in Washington, D.C. and answer questions at the library.
"Regardless of your political leanings, this promises to be a thoughtful, informative and lively evening of discussion and debate," said Library Director Leslie Polott.
As a congressman, LaTourette was considered a moderate Republican who strove to take a bipartisan and regional approach to governing. In 2009 he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee that provides funding for all federal government programs with the exception of mandatory spending programs like Social Security and Medicare.
The congressman also served on three subcommittees - Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; Interior, Environment and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch. He served 14 years on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in several leadership positions and was vice chair of the Transportation subcommittee during the 112th Congress.
LaTourette was also actively involved in Great Lakes and environmental issues and served as Co-Chair of the influential Great Lakes Task Force for a decade. He is credited with leading the successful effort to save more than 1,100 jobs at Cleveland's Defense Finance and Accounting Service and in assisting auto dealers impacted by the bankruptcy and bailout of GM and Chrysler.
LaTourette is now president of McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, a Washington-based lobbying group that provides strategic counsel at the federal government level. He also serves as president of the Republican Main Street Partnership.
Register for this free program online at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.
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