WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) president and CEO, Thomas J. Gibson, today issued the following statement on the passing of former Ohio congressman Steve Latourette:
“Being from northeastern Ohio, Congressman Steve LaTourette was very familiar with the steel industry and the challenges we face. Over his distinguished career Congressman LaTourette served on the Transportation and Infrastructure and Appropriations Committees, where he worked on a number of issues critical to the steel industry. In particular, he was a tenacious advocate for robust infrastructure investment because he could see the big picture and knew that infrastructure investment produces good-paying jobs and economic development, in steel and other sectors. Steve LaTourette was a thoughtful, pragmatic legislator who worked with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done for the betterment of his constituents and the country. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the LaTourette family and friends and to the people of Ohio that he honorably represented for 18 years; his wit, strength of character and dedication to our country will be truly missed by many."
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