Since 2007, Congressman Bob Latta has served the people of Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Congressman Latta is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he plays an intricate role in crafting the nation’s energy, telecommunications, environment, health care, and interstate commerce policy. Latta is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, where he advocates for policies and solutions that focus on jobs and innovation-creating 21st Century Commerce.
Latta is also a member of the Subcommittee on Energy, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and the Subcommittee on Health. Along with his committee positions, Congressman Latta is a Deputy Whip and Co-Chairs the Rural Broadband Caucus and the Congressional Propane Caucus.
Throughout his tenure, Congressman Latta has advocated for the interests of the people of Northwest and West Central Ohio through policies that further economic prosperity and job creation. His top priorities include balancing the budget, maintaining a strong national defense, and implementing commonsense government reforms.
Latta believes that hearing from constituents is essential to representing them in Congress and has held more than 950 meetings in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District since 2012. He also has held more than 130 Courthouse Conference one-on-ones with constituents where he is available to answer questions, discuss issues, and help solve problems with Federal agencies.
Numerous pieces of legislation authored by Latta have been signed into law during his Congressional tenure. In fact, only four current U.S. Representatives have passed more pieces of legislation than Congressman Latta in the past two Congresses, placing him in the top 2% in terms of effectiveness.
Latta has worked to protect Lake Erie by authoring the Drinking Water Protection Act to assess and manage the risk of algal toxins in drinking water, and he has been a steadfast supporter of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Latta also wrote the Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceuticals Act, a law that established a tracking system for pharmaceutical drugs through the supply chain to prevent adulterated and counterfeit drugs from endangering Americans.
Other laws that Congressman Latta has authored have ensured Ohioans have access to propane during the coldest parts of the winter, repealed duplicative regulations that were harming small businesses, and eliminated a costly mandate that harmed cable TV consumers.
Latta is a steadfast advocate for our nation’s veterans, authoring legislation passed by the House to expedite the processing of VA appeals claims and taking action to ensure Ohio veterans that are suffering from cancer can receive health care closer to home. Latta also wrote legislation to expand access to Tri-Care for national guard members.
He also believes it’s important to show up and work hard, just like the people he represents. Latta has cast more than 1,500 consecutive votes without a miss, the 3rd longest streak in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Latta is an avid sportsman and lifelong resident of Northwest Ohio. He and his wife Marcia live in Bowling Green and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria.