|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 many of Toledo's suburbs. The District includes the cities of Findlay and Bowling Green. He was also the sponsor of the controversial H.R. 4752 bill, which would overturn regulations intended to ensure net neutrality.
- 1 Early life, education and career
- 2 Ohio political career
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Political campaigns
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Electoral history
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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 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
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- 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
Latta authored H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act, to amend the Safe Drinking 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.
H.R. 5705, the Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act was authored by Congressman Latta and addresses some of the winter heating challenges experience in Ohio and throughout the Midwest. The bill clarifies Congress's intent in the Propane Education and Research Act, requiring the Department of Commerce to use proper data to calculate consumer prices. The bill was signed into law by the President on December 23, 2014.
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 ran again for the open seat. He defeated State Senator Steve Buehrer, among other candidates, in the Special primary.
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.
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.  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.
|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%|
- 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".
- "Congressman Bob Latta". latta.house.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
- "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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