Moderate Republican was a friend of motorcycling
The American Motorcyclist Association mourns the loss of former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, an Ohio Republican who passed away Aug. 3 at age 62.
During his 18 years in Congress, LaTourette proved to be a friend of motorcyclists, supporting legislation that helped protect motorcyclists’ rights and emphasized motorcycle safety.
He helped pass the bill that reversed the Lead Law in 2011, allowing the sale of dirt bikes and all-terrain-vehicles for use by children to resume.
LaTourette also led the way for reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century agenda in 2003. He and Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.) issued a “dear colleague” letter urging Congress to pass the bill, which included provisions for crash prevention as a priority for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, establishment of a Motorcyclist Advisory Council in the Federal Highway Administration and funding for state rider training incentives.
LaTourette served in Congress from 1995 through 2013. He died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.