Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

#SubCommTech Members Respond to FCC’s Unprecedented Regulation of the Internet

2015/02/26

Republican Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today responded to the FCC’s vote in favor of utility-style regulation of the Internet:

“Resorting to Great Depression-era rules will trigger a stampede to the courts, unleashing years of lawsuits and uncertainty at a time when U.S. leadership and the Internet economy are more important than ever. We believe the Internet has worked well under current rules, but we were – and we remain – willing to come to the table with legislation to answer the calls for legally sustainable consumer protections for the free and open Internet that has fostered a generation of innovation, economic growth, and global empowerment.

“Republicans, Democrats, consumer groups, and investors all agree that we need sustainable protections to preserve the Internet as we know it. A 3-2 party-line vote is not the policy consensus this issue deserves. Consumers, investment in state-of-the-art networks, and job creation all stand to lose from today’s heavy-handed decision. And transparency has all but evaporated during this broken process. Once these rules finally emerge from the shadows, it will become clear that the FCC’s action today does not end the debate.”

The above statement is attributable to every Republican member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

  • Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI)
  • Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (OR)
  • Communications and Technology Subcommittee Vice Chairman Bob Latta (OH)
  • Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (TX)
  • John Shimkus (IL)
  • Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Marsha Blackburn (TN)
  • Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA)
  • Leonard Lance (NJ)
  • Brett Guthrie (KY)
  • Pete Olson (TX)
  • Mike Pompeo (KS)
  • Adam Kinzinger (IL)
  • Gus Bilirakis (FL)
  • Bill Johnson (OH)
  • Billy Long (MO)
  • Renee Ellmers (NC)
  • Chris Collins (NY)
  • Kevin Cramer (ND)

 

 

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Latta Announces 2015 Congressional Art Competition

2015/02/25

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today announced the opening of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, encouraging high school students in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the chance to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District,” said Latta. “I encourage all high school students to submit their artwork this year and look forward to seeing our district’s artwork on display in the United States Capitol.”

All artwork will be on display at the Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery in the University of Findlay's Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion from April 27 through May 2. The winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition will be announced at a reception held in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion on Saturday, May 2. The overall winner will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside the artwork from other nationwide contestants. In addition, three honorable mentions will also be announced and displayed in Congressman Latta's district offices.

Each student is allowed one entry. Eligible artwork includes the following:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collage: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums, such as pencil, ink, etc.
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

The deadline for students to submit their artwork is Wednesday, April 1. Applicants can drop off their application and artwork at one of the Congressman’s district offices located in:

Bowling Green – 1045 N. Main Street, Suite 6, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Defiance – 101 Clinton Street, Suite 1200, Defiance, Ohio 43512

Findlay – 318 Dorney Plaza, Room 302, Findlay, Ohio 45840

District staff is also available to pick up artwork from students. To arrange a pick-up time, contact Congressman Latta’s office toll-free at (800) 541-6446.

For more information about the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, click here. Additional rules and guidelines can also be found here.

To share the Congressman’s attached graphic with information about the Congressional Artwork Competition, click one of the following links: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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House Passes Latta’s Bipartisan Drinking Water Protection Act

2015/02/24

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act, sponsored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH). The bipartisan legislation would help protect drinking water from harmful cyanotoxins, which caused a water emergency in Northwest Ohio last August.

“I am proud to have sponsored the Drinking Water Protection – the House’s bipartisan legislative solution to address the health of our drinking water,” said Latta. “This thoughtful, robust approach adequately assesses and manages the risks of algal toxins in our drinking water, and I am pleased that we could come together to pass this critical legislation in the House today. I also look forward to working with the U.S. Senate, so the Drinking Water Protection Act may become law.”

The Drinking Water Protection would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and submit a strategic plan to Congress for assessing and managing the risks associated with algal toxins in drinking water. Companion legislation was also introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).

To hear Congressman Latta’s opening remarks on the House floor, watch the video below:

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House Passes Legislation to Provide Certainty to Small Businesses

2015/02/13

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R. 636, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act. The legislation would permanently extend and modify a temporary provision that allows businesses to expense up to $500,000 in property used in a trade or business. The legislation would provide small businesses and family farms the certainty they need to grow.

“As we move toward comprehensive tax reform, we should also take sensible steps to make permanent tax provisions that will provide stability and predictability for hardworking Americans,” said Latta. “America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act will help provide the certainty our small businesses and family farms need to invest in their businesses, grow their operations and hire more workers.”

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Latta Reintroduces Legislation to Honor Veterans and Their Families

2015/02/13

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today reintroduced the Veterans Air Travel Streamlining Act and the Children of Military Service Members Commemorative Lapel Pin Act in an effort to honor our nation’s heroes and their families. Latta previously introduced both pieces of legislation in the 113th Congress.

The Veterans Air Travel Streamlining Act would waive the TSA pre-check program application fee for U.S. military veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 50 percent or greater. It is important to note that eligibility requirements would still need to be met before being approved for the pre-check program.

“Currently, injured veterans must contact TSA with the details of their confirmed flight itinerary and all other relevant information to be eligible to use TSA pre-check lanes or other expedited screening procedures,” said Latta. “While these efforts by the TSA are commendable, this process can be time consuming and redundant. The Veterans Air Travel Streamlining Act would provide an opportunity for us to show our gratitude to our nation’s heroes by expediting certain screening procedures that can be time consuming given their injuries.”

The Children of Military Service Members Commemorative Lapel Pin Act, would honor military children for their contributions to our military, through their parents, with an official lapel pin.

“We must do everything we can to honor and respect not only our men and women in uniform, but also their families who have sacrificed so much for them and for our country,” said Latta. “Our military children have endured frequent moves, long and short-term absences of a parent, and threats of parental loss in war. The Children of Military Service Members Commemorative Lapel Pin Act is just one way that we can recognize them for their contributions to our country.”  

Today, H.R. 543, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Latta, was also introduced in the House. The bill grants presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to service members who served in the territorial seas of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This would enable eligible veterans to receive expedited consideration for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits if they suffer from any of the diseases the U.S. government has linked to Agent Orange.

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Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Latta’s Drinking Water Protection Act

2015/02/12

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today passed H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act, sponsored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH). The legislation now awaits a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee took an important step to protecting our public health and safety by advancing the Drinking Water Protection Act,” said Latta. “My legislation takes the thoughtful, robust approach needed to adequately assess and manage the risks of algal toxins in our drinking water, and I thank the Committee for its support. I look forward to working with my Congressional colleagues and leadership to ensure this legislation is taken up for a vote on the House floor in a timely manner.”

Latta introduced the Drinking Water Protection Act to help protect drinking water from harmful cyanotoxins, which caused a water emergency in Northwest Ohio last August. The bipartisan bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and submit a strategic plan to Congress for assessing and managing the risks associated with algal toxins in drinking water.

To see Congressman Latta’s opening remarks before the Committee, watch the video below.


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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Upper Sandusky

2015/02/11

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Wyandot County Courthouse Assembly Room, located at 109 South Sandusky Avenue in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, February 20. During this time, residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss federal issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues involving the federal government.

Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 in the event of inclement weather or if they have any questions.

Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for the event include the following:

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta

WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents

WHEN: Friday, February 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Wyandot County Courthouse Assembly Room, 109 South Sandusky Avenue, Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43551

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Celina

2015/02/11

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Mercer County Service Building, located at 220 West Livingston Street in Celina, Ohio, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 19. During this time, residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss federal issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues involving the federal government.

Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 in the event of inclement weather or if they have any questions.

Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for the event include the following:

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta

WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents

WHEN: Thursday, February 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Mercer County Service Building, Meeting Rooms A212 and A222, 220 West Livingston Street, Celina, Ohio 45822

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Van Wert

2015/02/11

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Van Wert County Commissioners’ Conference Room, located at 1124 East Main Street in Van Wert, Ohio, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19. During this time, residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss federal issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues involving the federal government.

Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 in the event of inclement weather or if they have any questions.

Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for the event include the following:

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta

WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents

WHEN: Thursday, February 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Van Wert County Commissioners’ Conference Room, Suite 200, 1124 East Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio 45891

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Kenton

2015/02/11

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Hardin County Courthouse Veterans’ Hall, located at One Courthouse Square in Kenton, Ohio, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, February 20. During this time, residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss federal issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues involving the federal government. 

Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 in the event of inclement weather or if they have any questions.

Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for the event include the following:

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta

WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents

WHEN: Friday, February 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Hardin County Courthouse Veterans’ Hall, One Courthouse Square, Kenton, Ohio 43326

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Contact Information

2448 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6405
Fax 202-225-1985
latta.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

Congressman Robert “Bob” Latta (R- Bowling Green) is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives following his re-election in 2012.  Congressman Latta serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has wide jurisdiction on legislative matters, including energy policy, telecommunications, food and drug safety, public health research, and interstate and foreign commerce. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, where he was selected to serve as Vice Chair, as well as a member of the Subcommittees on Energy and Power, and Environment and the Economy.  In addition, Congressman Latta serves as an Assistant Majority Whip, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsman Caucus, and the Co-Chair of the Republican New Media Caucus.

Congressman Latta previously served as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before his election to Congress, Latta was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2001-2007), Ohio Senate (1997-2000), and Wood County Commissioner (1991-1996).

Since his arrival to Congress, Congressman Latta has advocated for the interests of the people of northwest and west central Ohio and economic prosperity for the country. His top priorities have included balancing the budget, reducing the national debt, and working towards commonsense government reforms. Congressman Latta’s legislative accomplishments include:

·      H.R. 270, the TRICARE Continuity Coverage for National Guard and Reserve Families Act, which allows “gray area” retirees access to TRICARE, and was amended into the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), becoming law, P.L. 111-84.

·      H.R. 1622, the Spectrum Innovation Act, which authorizes the FCC to conduct incentive spectrum auctions generating billions of dollars to pay down our national debt, as well as unleashing spectrum for innovation and job creation.  This incentive auction concept was included in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, H.R. 3630 and signed into law.

·      Latta authored language, which was included in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, and signed into law in July 2012 (P.L. 112-144), to help ease drug shortages in the hospital setting.

This year, Congressman Latta was honored by the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) with the Rx Safety and Leadership Award (Rx Award) for his leadership and commitment to advancing policies that enhance patient safety and security of the pharmaceutical  distribution supply chain nationwide.  Latta has also received the Ohio Farm Bureau’s “Friend of Farm Bureau” award, the United States Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award, National Association of Manufacturers’ award for “Manufacturing Legislative Excellence,” National Taxpayer Union’s “Taxpayer Friend Award” and the American Conservative Union’s “ACU Conservative” award. In 2009, Latta was recognized with the Association of the United States Navy National Legislative Advocacy Award for his “superb leadership and outstanding service during the 110th and 111th Congress to improve the quality of life of Active Component and Reserve Component military members and their families.”

As a member of the Ohio General Assembly, Latta was committed to eliminating the death tax to help Ohio’s citizens, small business owners, and farmers, which he achieved in 2000 when 78% of Ohio death tax filers were successfully eliminated.  Congressman Latta also worked to make Ohio streets safer when he sponsored the DNA Bill that requires all felons and certain misdemeanants to give DNA samples, which are then placed in the state and national databases.  Latta also sponsored the juvenile crime legislation, which in part holds juveniles more responsible for their actions.

A longtime sportsman committed to wildlife and the outdoors, Latta was awarded by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, formerly the Ohio Wildlife Federation, with the Patriot Award in 2002 and 2012, which is given for “dedication and leadership in defending our outdoor heritage.”  During his tenure in the Ohio General Assembly, he sponsored the Bald Eagle license plate.  The proceeds from these plates are used to purchase eagle habitat and for eagle preservation throughout Ohio. Congressman Latta also serves as a hunter education instructor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Congressman Latta has earned recognition from the United Conservatives of Ohio, naming him “Watchdog of the Treasury” in 1998, 2000, and 2005.  The League of Ohio Sportsmen, which is affiliated with the Ohio Wildlife Federation and promotes environmental and sportsmen issues also nominated him in 2000 for the “Legislator of the Year” award. Latta has also earned recognition from the Ohio National Guard receiving the Major General Charles Dick Award for Legislative Excellence in 1999, and the “President’s Award” in 2006.

Congressman Latta is active in his community, where he is a member of the Bowling Green Kiwanis, having served as President, Director, and Trustee.  Latta is also a member of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Farm Bureau.

A lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, Congressman Latta graduated from Bowling Green Senior High School in 1974.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 1978, and earned his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1981.

Congressman Latta and his wife Marcia reside in Bowling Green with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria.


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