|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
December 11, 2007
|Preceded by||Paul Gillmor|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 6th district
January 3, 2001 – December 10, 2007
|Preceded by||Randy Gardner|
|Succeeded by||Randy Gardner|
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 2nd district
January 3, 1997 – December 31, 2000
|Preceded by||Steve Yarbrough|
|Succeeded by||Randy Gardner|
April 18, 1956 |
|Residence||Bowling Green, Ohio|
|Alma mater||Bowling Green State University,
University of Toledo College of Law
Robert Edward 'Bob' Latta (born April 18, 1956) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 5th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes most of Toledo's suburbs including Bowling Green and Perrysburg. It also includes Findlay.
Early life, education and career
Born in Bluffton, Ohio, Latta earned his B.A. at Bowling Green State University in 1978 and his J.D. at the University of Toledo College of Law in 1981. His father, Del Latta, represented the 5th from 1959 to 1989 and served as ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee from 1975 to his retirement.
Latta worked as a private practice attorney before entering politics.
Ohio political career
Latta served as a Wood County Commissioner from 1991 to 1997. He then represented Ohio's 2nd senate district in the Ohio Senate from 1997 to 2001 and Ohio's 6th house district in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
When Del Latta decided to retire from Congress in 1988, Bob Latta ran in the Republican primary--the real contest in this heavily Republican district. However, he lost by twenty-seven votes to then Ohio State Senate president Paul Gillmor, who went on to win the general election.
After Gillmor's sudden death in September 2007, Latta decided to run again for the open seat. He defeated state senator Steve Buehrer, among other candidates, in the November primary. He benefited not only from his name recognition, but because Wood County, home to Bowling Green, is the largest whole county in the sprawling district.
Latta faced Democratic nominee Caleb Finkenbiner and Libertarian nominee Brian L. Smith in the general election, he won the election.
Latta was re-elected in 2012. He beat Democratic nominee, Angela Zimmann and Libertarian nominee, Eric Eberly. He has been endorsed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the NFIB, the NRA and National Right to Life.
Latta and his wife Marcia have two children, Elizabeth and Maria.
- Congressman Bob Latta official U.S. House site
- Bob Latta for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography at NNDB
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Fact-checking at PolitiFact.com
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial investments (personal) at The Washington Post
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
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