|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 5th district
|Assumed office |
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|
|Member of the Wood County Board of County Commissioners|
Robert Edward Latta
April 18, 1956
Bluffton, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||Bowling Green State University (BA)|
University of Toledo (JD)
Robert Edward Latta // (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, as well as Findlay, Bowling Green, Napoleon, Sylvania, Defiance and Van Wert. It also includes a sliver of Toledo itself.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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 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.
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.
Latta is an avid sportsman and lifelong resident of Northwest Ohio. He and his wife, Marcia, live in Bowling Green and have two daughters. 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.
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.
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.
Latta defeated Democratic nominee Caleb Finkenbiner and Libertarian nominee Brian L. Smith.
Latta defeated 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.
|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%|