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Rep. Bob Latta (R)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-6405

Address: 2448 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: latta.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (419) 354-8700

Address: 1045 North Main Street, Bowling Green OH 43402-1361

Defiance OH

Phone: (419) 782-1996

Fax: (419) 784-9808

Address: 101 Clinton Street, Defiance OH 43512-2165

Findlay OH

Phone: (419) 422-7791

Fax: (419) 422-7793

Address: 318 Dorney Plaza, Findlay OH 45840

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Bob Latta Biography
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  • Elected: Dec. 2007, 3rd full term.
  • District: Ohio 5
  • Born: Apr. 18, 1956, Bluffton
  • Home: Bowling Green
  • Education:

    Bowling Green St. U., B.A. 1978, U. of Toledo, J.D. 1981.

  • Professional Career:

    Attorney, 1981-91.

  • Political Career:

    Wood Cnty. commissioner, 1991-96, OH Senate, 1997-2001, OH House, 2001-07.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Marcia); 2 children

Republican Bob Latta, who won a special election for his seat in 2007, is the son of Delbert Latta, who held the seat for 30 years, from 1959 to 1989. The younger Latta is far more conservative than his father and meshes well with the younger, like-minded Republicans who arrived in subsequent House elections. Read More

Republican Bob Latta, who won a special election for his seat in 2007, is the son of Delbert Latta, who held the seat for 30 years, from 1959 to 1989. The younger Latta is far more conservative than his father and meshes well with the younger, like-minded Republicans who arrived in subsequent House elections.

Bob Latta was born in Ohio but split his early years between his native Bluffton, Ohio and Washington D.C. Growing up helping in his father’s campaigns, Latta says he learned the business of catering to constituents. Young Latta was frequently interrupted during his homework to answer their phone calls and remembers his father following up with federal agencies to try to get results from the vast government bureaucracy. Latta also spent time driving around the district with his dad, going to meetings and events. During college at Bowling Green State University, Latta volunteered in his father’s office, where he met his wife, Marcia, who worked for his father. When he graduated from law school at the University of Toledo, his father had one bit of career advice for him: Don’t get into politics.

He did his best to follow that guidance and practiced law for several years. But when his father announced his retirement from Congress in 1988, the 31-year-old couldn’t pass on the opportunity to try to follow in his footsteps. However, he first had to get by Paul Gillmor, a Republican state senator who had been waiting for a congressional seat to open up during Del Latta’s long tenure. In the primary contest with Gillmor, Bob Latta argued that, like his father, he would start out young and eventually gain enough seniority to preside over powerful committees. After a spirited race, Gillmor beat Latta by just 27 votes out of 57,361 cast.

Latta focused on local politics, first getting elected to the Wood County Commission and then to the Ohio Legislature, where he served in both the Senate and the state Assembly. One of his major efforts was to repeal the Ohio estate tax, which he succeeded in doing for 78% of Ohioans. An avid hunter, Latta also championed conservation issues, including lengthening hunting seasons and expanding wildlife reserves.

On September 5, 2007, Gillmor died at his Washington home, apparently from a fall down stairs. Latta got into the contest for a successor, but had to overcome a hard-fought Republican primary and a Democratic challenger heavily financed by the national party. Latta’s major primary opponent was state Sen. Steve Buehrer, who was backed by the national anti-tax group Club for Growth, which ran several ads attacking Latta as an advocate of higher taxes. Latta attacked Buehrer for accepting donations from a former fundraiser for President George W. Bush in Ohio, Tom Noe, a convicted money launderer. But it came to light that Latta had also taken money from Noe. In the end, Latta defeated Buehrer by only 2,542 votes out of 74,191 cast.

Latta’s Democratic opponent, Robin Weirauch, a former public administrator who had twice run against Gillmor, had backing from national labor unions and the fundraising group EMILY’s list. She attacked Latta on economic issues and on his support for the Iraq war. Still, despite Weirauch’s best efforts to capitalize on the anti-incumbent, anti-Washington sentiment that year, she came up short in the solidly Republican district. Latta won 57%-43%.

In the House, Latta has been staunchly conservative, often dismissing Democratic proposals as “socialist.” He has introduced bills to eliminate automatic pay raises for lawmakers, to permanently repeal the estate tax, and to issue a Ronald Reagan commemorative coin. He took a prized seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee in April 2010, having earlier made energy independence his central issue. He successfully amended a House-passed air-quality bill in September 2011 to require the Environmental Protection Agency to take industry costs into account in setting standards under the Clean Air Act. The proposal never moved in the Senate, and it landed Latta on the Los Angeles Times editorial board’s list of the “10 biggest enemies of the Earth” that December.

Latta has taken an increasing interest in technology. He was the first House member to release an iPhone app in 2010 and became vice chairman of Energy and Commerce’s communications and technology subcommittee in 2013. He tried unsuccessfully in February 2011 to amend a spending bill to cut the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s budget by $10 million and introduced a resolution the following month declaring that to continue aggressive growth in the telecommunications and technology industries, the federal government “should get out of the way and stay out of the way.”

As vice chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Latta drew headlines in 2009 for castigating an Obama administration proposal to reclassify pocketknives that can be sprung open with one hand as switchblades. Both chambers passed bills overturning the idea, and it was signed into law.

Latta has won reelection by wide margins. His father was known for his constituent-service work, and his son has sought to replicate that by personally reading and signing each piece of outgoing mail from his office. His closest race was in 2012. The Toledo Blade endorsed his Democratic opponent Angela Zimmann, a college professor, and said Latta “has not been pragmatic or constructive.” But he still won convincingly, 57%-39%.

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Bob Latta Election Results
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2012 General
Bob Latta (R)
Votes: 201,514
Percent: 57.27%
Angela Zimmann (D)
Votes: 137,806
Percent: 39.16%
Eric Eberly (Lib)
Votes: 12,558
Percent: 3.57%
2012 Primary
Bob Latta (R)
Votes: 76,477
Percent: 82.58%
Bob Wallis (R)
Votes: 16,135
Percent: 17.42%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (68%), 2008 (64%), 2007 special (57%)
Bob Latta Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 6 (L) : 94 (C) 20 (L) : 78 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 21 (L) : 75 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 16 (L) : 81 (C) - (L) : 91 (C)
Composite 7.3 (L) : 92.7 (C) 20.5 (L) : 79.5 (C) 6.0 (L) : 94.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV96
CFG7674
ITIC-92
NTU7775
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU8884
ADA05
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
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