WASHINGTON - August 4, 2016 - Patrick Butler, president and chief executive officer of America's Public Television Stations (APTS), made the following statement today on the passing of Steve LaTourette:
"America's Public Television Stations have lost a great friend and champion with the passing of Steve LaTourette.
"As a Member of Congress on the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman LaTourette stood with us through some of our most challenging times.
"Later, as a consultant to APTS, Steve was instrumental in building the broad bipartisan support for public television that we currently enjoy as we pursue our public service missions of education, public safety and civic leadership.
"Most of all, Steve LaTourette was a patriot, a skillful public servant, a wit to rival Will Rogers, and a profoundly good man. We mourn his loss with his wonderful wife and colleague Jennifer and the LaTourette family."
America's Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct - in concert with member stations - strategic planning, research, communications, advocacy and other activities that foster a strong and financially sound public television system providing essential public services to all Americans. Its affiliate APTS Action, Inc. promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy and through grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner bipartisan political support. For more information, visit www.apts.org.