|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. He was also the sponsor of the controversial H.R. 4752 bill, which would overturn regulations intended to ensure net neutrality.
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 the 2nd senate district in the Ohio Senate from 1997 to 2001 and the 6th house district in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
Latta introduced the Sportsmen’s Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 3590; 113th Congress) into the United States House of Representatives on November 21, 2013. The bill is an omnibus bill that covers several firearms, fishing, hunting, and federal land laws. The bill passed the House on February 5, 2014.
On July 22, 2014, Latta introduced the E-LABEL Act (H.R. 5161; 113th Congress), a bill that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow manufacturers of electronic devices with a screen to display information required by the agency digitally on the screen rather than on a label affixed to the device. Latta argued that e-labeling would "give greater flexibility to design consumer products" and that "by some estimates e-labeling will save manufactures over $80 million a year."
When Del Latta decided to retire from Congress in 1988, Bob Latta ran in the Republican primary. 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 was 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.
|1996||Ohio Senate||General||Bob Latta||Republican||77,796||54.8%||Chris Redfern||Democratic||64,279||45.2%|
|2000||Ohio House of Representatives||General||Bob Latta||Republican||31,461||64.6%||Dean Clarke||Democratic||15,731||32.3%||Milton Mann||Libertarian||1,483||3.0%|
|2002||Ohio House of Representatives||General||Bob Latta||Republican||25,493||68.1%||Scott McCarty||Democratic||11,932||31.9%|
|2004||Ohio House of Representatives||General||Bob Latta||Republican||36,625||62.5%||Scott McCarty||Democratic||21,971||37.5%|
|2006||Ohio House of Representatives||General||Bob Latta||Republican||25,494||56.9%||Jeffrey Bretz||Democratic||19,346||43.1%|
|2007||U.S. House of Representatives||Special General||Bob Latta||Republican||56,114||57.0%||Robin Weirauch||Democratic||42,229||42.9%||John Green||Write-in||167||0.17%|
|2008||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Bob Latta||Republican||188,905||64.1%||George Mays||Democratic||105,840||35.9%|
|2010||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Bob Latta||Republican||140,703||67.8%||Caleb Finkenbiner||Democratic||54,919||26.5%||Brian Smith||Libertarian||11,831||5.7%|
|2012||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Bob Latta||Republican||201,514||57.3%||Angela Zimmann||Democratic||137,806||39.2%||Eric Eberly||Libertarian||12,558||3.6%|
- Project Vote Smart: Representative Robert Edward 'Bob' Latta (OH)
- "H.R. 4752".
- "H.R. 3590 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (4 February 2014). "Tuesday: Firearms in the House, farm bill in the Senate". The Hill. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "CBO – H.R. 5161". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- Marcos, Cristina (11 September 2014). "House passes 'E-labeling' bill". The Hill. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- Ohio's new congressman Bob Latta sworn in
- "House Election Results". Huffington Post.
- "Ohio Secretary of State" (PDF).
- "Latta For Congress".
- "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- Congressman Bob Latta official U.S. House site
- Bob Latta for Congress
- Bob Latta at DMOZ
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
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