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, as well 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


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.[1][2]

In 2015, Latta cosponsored a resolution to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.[3]

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[4] 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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

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.[12] 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


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.[13]


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


Latta defeated Democratic nominee Angela Zimmann and Libertarian nominee Eric Eberly.[14][15] He was endorsed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the NFIB, the NRA and National Right to Life.[16]

Election results[17]
1996Ohio SenateGeneralBob LattaRepublican77,79654.8%Chris RedfernDemocratic64,27945.2%
2000Ohio House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican31,46164.6%Dean ClarkeDemocratic15,73132.3%Milton MannLibertarian1,4833.0%
2002Ohio House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican25,49368.1%Scott McCartyDemocratic11,93231.9%
2004Ohio House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican36,62562.5%Scott McCartyDemocratic21,97137.5%
2006Ohio House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican25,49456.9%Jeffrey BretzDemocratic19,34643.1%
2007U.S. House of RepresentativesSpecial GeneralBob LattaRepublican56,11457.0%Robin WeirauchDemocratic42,22942.9%John GreenWrite-in1670.17%
2008U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican188,90564.1%George MaysDemocratic105,84035.9%
2010U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican140,70367.8%Caleb FinkenbinerDemocratic54,91926.5%Brian SmithLibertarian11,8315.7%
2012U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican201,51457.3%Angela ZimmannDemocratic137,80639.2%Eric EberlyLibertarian12,5583.6%
2014U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican134,44966.5%Robert FryDemocratic58,50728.9%Eric EberlyLibertarian9,3444.6%
2016U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican244,59970.9%James NeuDemocratic100,39229.1%
2018U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican173,89462.46%J. Michael GalbraithDemocratic97,35234.96%
2020U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBob LattaRepublican257,01968.0%Nick RubandoDemocratic120,96232.0%


  1. ^ “CBO – H.R. 5161”. Congressional Budget Office. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ Marcos, Cristina (11 September 2014). “House passes ‘E-labeling’ bill”. The Hill. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  3. ^ Huelskamp, Tim (2015-02-12). “Cosponsors – H.J.Res.32 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): Marriage Protection Amendment”. Retrieved 2022-04-10.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ “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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Brodkin, Jon (2021-02-18). “House Republicans propose nationwide ban on municipal broadband networks”. Ars Technica. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  9. ^ “Member List”. Republican Study Committee. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  10. ^ “Members”. Congressional Constitution Caucus. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  11. ^ “Members”. House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  12. ^ “Congressman Bob Latta”. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  13. ^ “Ohio’s new congressman Bob Latta sworn in”. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  14. ^ “House Election Results”. Huffington Post.
  15. ^ “Ohio Secretary of State” (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-18. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  16. ^ “Latta For Congress”.
  17. ^ “Election Results”. Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2014-02-28.

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