Bob Latta

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Bob Latta
Bob Latta, official 110th Congress photo portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
Assumed office
December 8, 1987
Preceded by Paul Gillmor
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 6th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – December 10, 2007
Preceded by Randy Gardner
Succeeded by Randy Gardner
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1997 – December 31, 2000
Preceded by Steve Yarbrough
Succeeded by Randy Gardner
Personal details
Born (1956-04-18) April 18, 1956 (age 60)
Bluffton, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marcia Latta
Residence Bowling Green, Ohio
Alma mater Bowling Green State University,
University of Toledo College of Law
Occupation attorney, politician
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

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 many of Toledo's suburbs and includes the cities of Findlay, Bowling Green, and Defiance.

Early life, education and career[edit]

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[edit]

Latta served as a Wood County Commissioner from 1991 to 1996. 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[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Propane Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional French Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Natural Gas Caucus

Legislation signed into law[edit]

Latta authored H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide for the assessment and management of the risk of algal toxins in drinking water. The legislation was signed into law by President Obama on August 11, 2015

Latta also authored legislation honoring late Congressman Mike Oxley by naming the Findlay Post Office in his memory. The bill was signed into law in 2016.

Authored H.R. 1919, the Safeguarding America's Pharmaceuticals Act of 2013, which was passed into law (Public Law No: 113-54) on November 27, 2013 as part of H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act. The bill establishes a tracking system for pharmaceutical drugs through the supply chain – from manufacturers, to wholesalers, to distributors and ultimately patients.

H.R. 724, legislation introduced by Congressman Latta, was signed into law in June 2014. The legislation repealed a duplicative regulation requiring auto dealers to provide new car buyers with proof that their vehicle complies with emission standards. The regulation was outdated and added unnecessary red tape and costs to dealers and consumers.

Authored legislation, H.R. 3196, to repeal the integration ban on leased set-top boxes, which costs cable subscribers millions of dollars per year, stifles innovation within the retail market, and causes regulatory disparity among video industry participants. H.R. 3196 was passed into law as part of H.R. 5728, the Satellite Television Extension and Localization Act (Public Law No: 113-200) on December 4, 2014.

Authored H.R. 270, the TRICARE Continuity of Coverage for National Guard and Reserve Families Act of 2009, which passed into law as part of H.R. 2647, the FY2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (Public Law No: 111-84) on October 28, 2009. This provision allows those in the Guard and reserves in the "gray area" to purchase TRICARE Select health care coverage.

Other Legislation and Initiatives[edit]

Working Groups

  • Rural Telecommunications Working Group (Co-Chair)
  • Internet of Things Working Group (Co-Chair)

Legislation sponsored[edit]

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.[2] The bill is an omnibus bill that covers several firearms, fishing, hunting, and federal land laws.[3] 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.[4][5] 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."[5]

Congressman Latta introduced H.R. 725 to Permanently Repeal the Estate Tax Act of 2015 on February 4, 2015. The legislation would eliminate the Federal ‘death’ tax for estates of decedents.

Latta introduced legislation, H.R. 1585, to eliminate all automatic pay adjustments for Member of Congress, on March 24, 2015.

Latta is an original cosponsor of H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, which provides additional time and flexibility for states to implement the EPA’s 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. The bill passed the U.S. House on June 8, 2016.

Latta is the author of the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 4979) to require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to establish a regulatory framework for issuing licenses for advanced nuclear reactor technology. The legislation was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 12, 2016.

Political campaigns[edit]

1988[edit]

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.

2007[edit]

After Gillmor's sudden death in September 2007, Latta ran again for the open seat. He defeated State Senator Steve Buehrer, among other candidates, in the Special primary.

In the special general election, Latta defeated Democratic candidate Robin Weirauch on December 11, 2007 by a margin of 57% to 43%. He was sworn in on December 13, 2007.[6]

2010[edit]

Latta faced Democratic nominee Caleb Finkenbiner and Libertarian nominee Brian L. Smith in the general election, he won the election.

2012[edit]

Latta was re-elected in 2012. He beat Democratic nominee, Angela Zimmann and Libertarian nominee, Eric Eberly.[7][8] He was endorsed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the NFIB, the NRA and National Right to Life.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Congressman Latta is an avid sportsman and lifelong resident of Northwest Ohio. He and his wife Marcia live in Bowling Green and have two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria.[10] He is the son of former Congressman Del Latta and Rose Mary Kiene Latta and serves in the seat his father held in Congress from 1959-89.

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[11]
Year Office Election Name Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
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%
2014 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Latta Republican 134,449 66.5% Robert Fry Democratic 58,507 28.9% Eric Eberly Libertarian 9,344 4.6%
2016 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Latta Republican 244,599 70.9% James Neu Democratic 100,392 29.1%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Project Vote Smart: Representative Robert Edward 'Bob' Latta (OH)
  2. ^ "H.R. 3590 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (4 February 2014). "Tuesday: Firearms in the House, farm bill in the Senate". The Hill. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "CBO – H.R. 5161". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Marcos, Cristina (11 September 2014). "House passes 'E-labeling' bill". The Hill. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Ohio's new congressman Bob Latta sworn in
  7. ^ "House Election Results". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ "Ohio Secretary of State" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "Latta For Congress". 
  10. ^ "Congressman Bob Latta". latta.house.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  11. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 

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