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 by Cliff Clevenger
Succeeded by Paul Gillmor
Member of the Ohio State Senate
In office
1953–1958
Personal details
Born Delbert Leroy Latta
(1920-03-05)March 5, 1920
Weston, Ohio
Died May 12, 2016(2016-05-12) (aged 96)
Bowling Green, Ohio
Resting place Union Cemetery, McComb, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rose Mary Kiene
Children Bob Latta
Residence Bowling Green, Ohio
Alma mater Findlay College
Ohio Northern University
Religion Church of Christ

Delbert Leroy "Del" Latta (March 5, 1920 – May 12, 2016) was an American politician who served as member of the United States House of Representatives. Latta was a Republican from Ohio.

Life and career[edit]

Latta was born in Weston, Ohio, the son of Bessie Viola (Thompson) and Lester Latta.[1] 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 Jan. 3, 1959 to Jan. 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.[2]

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 three great-grandchildren. He died at Bowling Green, Ohio on May 12, 2016.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39668683
  2. ^ 'Proposal to honor legislator advances-B.G. post office may get Latta name,' Toledo Blade, June 19, 2003, section B, pg. 1
  3. ^ "Former U.S. Rep Del Latta Dies". Findlay, Ohio: The Courier. May 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Former Ohio congressman Delbert Latta dies at 96". Columbus Dispatch. May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 

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

1959–1989
Succeeded by
Paul Gillmor