Del Latta

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Del Latta
Del Latta 97th Congress 1981.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1989
Preceded byCliff Clevenger
Succeeded byPaul Gillmor
Member of the Ohio State Senate
In office
Personal details
Delbert Leroy Latta

(1920-03-05)March 5, 1920
Weston, Ohio
DiedMay 12, 2016(2016-05-12) (aged 96)
Bowling Green, Ohio
Resting placeUnion Cemetery, McComb, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Rose Mary Kiene
ChildrenBob Latta
ResidenceBowling Green, Ohio
Alma materFindlay College
Ohio Northern University

Delbert Leroy "Del" Latta (March 5, 1920 – May 12, 2016) was an American politician who served as a United States Representative from Ohio's 5th district from 1959 to 1989. A Republican, he is one of the state's longest-serving politicians as well as the father of Bob Latta, who has held his father's congressional seat since 2007.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Latta was born in Weston, Ohio,[2] the son of Bessie Viola (Thompson) and Lester Latta.[3] He attended the public schools in North Baltimore, Ohio, and graduated from McComb High School in 1938. He attended Findlay College, 1939–1940; Ohio Northern University, LL.B, 1943, and from the same university, A.B., 1945. He served in the Ohio National Guard and the United States Army, 37th Division, 1938–1941, and in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1942 and 1943.

He was admitted to the bar in 1944 and was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1953 to 1958, serving three terms. Del Latta practiced law and taught at Ohio Northern University. He was a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention. He was elected as a Republican to the 86th and to the 14 succeeding Congresses from January 3, 1959 to January 3, 1989.

In the United States House of Representatives, Latta served on the Agriculture and Rules Committees, as well as being appointed to serve on the Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings. He also served as the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee from 1975 to his retirement in 1989.

President Gerald Ford is accompanied by Representative Del Latta during a 1976 presidential campaign stop at Bowling Green University.

In 1981, he co-sponsored the Gramm-Latta Omnibus Reconciliation Bill which implemented President Ronald Reagan's economic program, including an increase in military spending and some cuts in discretionary and mandatory spending. The law also mandated the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 (the Kemp-Roth Tax Cut).

In 2003, the Bowling Green, Ohio, Post Office was designated the Delbert L. Latta Post Office Building, Public Law 108-50.[4]

Latta was married to the former Rose Mary Kiene, rural Pandora, Putnam County, Ohio, and they had two children, Rose Ellen and Robert (who currently serves in the congressional seat he formerly held), five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He died at Bowling Green, Ohio on May 12, 2016.[5][6]


  1. ^ Washington Post
  2. ^ Lima News
  3. ^ Sentinel Tribune
  4. ^ 'Proposal to honor legislator advances-B.G. post office may get Latta name,' Toledo Blade, June 19, 2003, section B, pg. 1
  5. ^ "Former U.S. Rep Del Latta Dies". Findlay, Ohio: The Courier. May 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Former Ohio congressman Delbert Latta dies at 96". Columbus Dispatch. May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Cliff Clevenger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Paul Gillmor