Robert Edward 'Bob' Latta (born April 18, 1956) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 5th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district, the second-largest in the state, includes most of Toledo's suburbs, including Fremont and Bowling Green.
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.
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 1997. He then represented Ohio's 2nd senate district in the Ohio Senate from 1997 to 2001 and Ohio's 6th house district in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007.
When Del Latta decided to retire from Congress in 1988, Bob Latta ran for the seat. However, he lost by twenty-seven votes to then Ohio State Senate president Paul Gillmor who went on to win the general election.
After Gillmor's sudden death in September 2007, Latta decided to run again for the open seat. He defeated state senator Steve Buehrer, among other candidates, in the November primary. In the special general election, Latta defeated Democratic candidate Robin Weirauch on December 11, 2007 by a margin of 57% to 43%.
He was sworn in on December 13, 2007.
Latta faced Democratic nominee Caleb Finkenbiner and Libertarian nominee Brian L. Smith in the general election, he won the election.
Latta and his wife Marcia have two children.
January 16th, 2012