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Bob Latta
Bob Latta Official Portrait Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
Assumed office
December 11, 2007
Preceded byPaul Gillmor
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 6th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – December 10, 2007
Preceded byRandy Gardner
Succeeded byRandy Gardner
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1997 – December 31, 2000
Preceded bySteve Yarbrough
Succeeded byRandy Gardner
Member of the Wood County Board of County Commissioners
In office
1991–1997
Personal details
Born
Robert Edward Latta

(1956-04-18) April 18, 1956 (age 65)
Bluffton, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Marcia Sloan
(m. 1986)
Children2
FatherDel Latta
EducationBowling Green State University (BA)
University of Toledo (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Robert Edward Latta /ˈlætə/ (born April 18, 1956) is an American politician who is the United States 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, such as Findlay, Bowling Green, Napoleon, Sylvania, Defiance and Van Wert. It also includes a sliver of Toledo itself.

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. Latta was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa in 1995 as an alumnus of Bowling Green State University. 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

Elections

In 2018, the Conservative Review gave him a 58% rating. Americans for Prosperity has given him a lifetime rating of 90%. In 2017, the Campaign for Working Families gave him a rating of 100%. In 2017, the John Birch Society gave him a Freedom Index rating of 60%. The American Conservative Union has given him a lifetime rating of 91%.

Tenure

On July 22, 2014, Latta introduced 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.[1][2]

In December 2020, Latta was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[3] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[4][5][6]

On May 19, 2021, Latta voted against establishing an independent commission to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol. In 2021, he introduced legislation to prohibit municipalities from building their own broadband networks.[7]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Latta is an avid sportsman and lifelong resident of Northwest Ohio. He and his wife, Marcia, live in Bowling Green and have two daughters.[11] 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 to 1989.

Electoral history

1988

Latta ran in the Republican primary for a congressional seat in 1998. He lost by 27 votes to then Ohio State Senate president Paul Gillmor, who won the general election.

2007

After Gillmor's sudden death in September 2007, Latta ran again for the seat. He defeated State Senator Steve Buehrer, among other candidates, in the special primary. In the December 11 special general election, Latta defeated Democratic nominee Robin Weirauch, 57% to 43%. He was sworn in on December 13, 2007.[12]

2010

Latta defeated Democratic nominee Caleb Finkenbiner and Libertarian nominee Brian L. Smith.

2012

Latta defeated Democratic nominee Angela Zimmann and Libertarian nominee Eric Eberly.[13][14] He was endorsed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the NFIB, the NRA and National Right to Life.[15]

Election results[16]
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%
2018 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Latta Republican 173,894 62.46% J. Michael Galbraith Democratic 97,352 34.96%
2020 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Latta Republican 257,019 68.0% Nick Rubando Democratic 120,962 32.0%

References

  1. ^ "CBO – H.R. 5161". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ Marcos, Cristina (11 September 2014). "House passes 'E-labeling' bill". The Hill. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  3. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  4. ^ Liptak, Adam (2020-12-11). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  5. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. 2020-12-11. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  6. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  7. ^ Brodkin, Jon (2021-02-18). "House Republicans propose nationwide ban on municipal broadband networks". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  8. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Members". Congressional Constitution Caucus. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Congressman Bob Latta". latta.house.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  12. ^ "Ohio's new congressman Bob Latta sworn in". Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  13. ^ "House Election Results". Huffington Post.
  14. ^ "Ohio Secretary of State" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-18. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  15. ^ "Latta For Congress".
  16. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2014-02-28.

External links

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

2007–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Yarmuth
United States representatives by seniority
104th
Succeeded by
Rob Wittman
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