Bob Latta

Bob Latta


Latta Votes for Legislation Combating Trafficking and Protecting Vulnerable Children


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing several pieces of legislation to combat trafficking and protect vulnerable children. The bills empower law enforcement to track and detain traffickers, strengthen victims rights, and improve reporting requirements for cases of abuse.
“Human trafficking is a heinous crime that continues to occur in communities across Ohio and the nation,” said Latta. “We need to give law enforcement the tools they need to bring traffickers to justice while providing protections to keep children free from exploitation. These crimes harm the most vulnerable of our society, and these bipartisan bills will go a long way in addressing the issue.”
The bills approved by the House include:
H.R. 695 – Child Protection Improvements Act – Ensures youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks on prospective staff and volunteers through the FBI’s database.
H.R. 2473 – Put Trafficking Victims First Act – Ensures that trafficking victims are perceived and treated as victims of a crime, with the same rights and protections. The bill calls for a report on Safe Harbor implementations as well as training for prosecutors on processing cases with a victim-centered approach.

H.R. 1761 – Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act – Closes a loophole for child pornography crimes. Under current law, a defendant that created child pornography may walk free if they are found to lack the specific intent prior to abusing a child.
H.R. 1188 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act – Reauthorizes the two primary programs of the Adam Walsh Act – the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and Sex Offender Management Assistance Program – for five years and makes targeted changes to improve the programs.
### Read More

Latta Votes for Legislation Improving Care for America’s Veterans


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in favor of several pieces of bipartisan legislation improving care and services for America’s veterans that passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The bills establish a pilot program for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), provide a boost for veterans’ cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), and streamline the disability claims appeal process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“With the Memorial Day Weekend approaching, we must remember the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation,” said Latta. “At the same time, it also reminds us that there is more to be done in support of our living veterans in order to ensure that we keep the promises that were made to them. The bills passed this week in the House will put in place important reforms at the VA, establish new pilot programs for PTSD, and increase COLAs — all necessary steps to improving care and quality of life for our nation’s veterans.”

The legislation passed by the House this week:

H.R. 2288 – Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act – Allows veterans the choice to opt-in to a system that has ‘three lanes’ for appeals of disability claims; one which examines the original claim evidence, one where new evidence is presented for review and a hearing, and one where the appeal immediately transfers to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. The new system would allow appeals to be streamlined through the process.

H.R. 1162 – No Hero Left Untreated Act – Requires the VA to establish a pilot program that provides access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to veterans with PTSD, a Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and chronic pain or opiate addiction.

H.R. 1329 – Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act – Increases the rates of compensation for veterans to bring it in line with the Social Security COLA.

H.R. 467 – V.A. Scheduling Accountability Act — Requires VA medical center directors to certify annually that their facility is in compliance with scheduling directives and report to Congress on compliance.

H.R. 1005
– Directs VA to enter into an agreement with state veterans homes to pay for adult health care for a veteran eligible, but not receiving, nursing home care.

H.R. 1545 – VA Prescription Data Accountability Act – Clarifies current law to stipulate that the Veterans Health Administration is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs.

H.R. 1725 – Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act – Seeks to reduce unnecessary disability examinations by requiring information to be provided to Congress regarding VA’s use of private medical evidence in support of VA claims.

### Read More

Latta Participates in 100th Anniversary Celebration of Camp Miakonda


On Saturday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) participated in the 100th anniversary celebration of Camp Miakonda in Toledo. The Boy Scout camp opened in 1917 and is the oldest in Ohio. Latta participated in the Boy Scouts growing up and was a camper at Camp Miakonda.

“Like many in Northwest Ohio, I have fond memories of my time spent at Camp Miakonda — from the world’s longest swimming pool, to the reptile pit, to summer and winter camps, to my fellow scouts and scoutmasters,” said Latta. “The camp has been instrumental in helping young people learn about the great outdoors and provides ample opportunities for them to learn, explore, and grow. I was honored to participate in the celebration of the camp's century of service to our region’s youth.”

### Read More

Latta Highlights Ohio Role as an ‘E-Commerce Hub’ at DCCP Hearing


Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (DCCP), highlighted Ohio’s role as an ‘e-commerce hub’ in his opening statement at a hearing entitled, “Disrupter Series: Delivering to Consumers.” Testifying in front of the committee were representatives from Postmates, Flirtey, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Video of Latta’s opening statement is available here.

In his opening statement, Chairman Latta said, “The U.S. e-commerce market is projected to reach $500 billion by 2018 and is expected to see substantial growth by 2020. When we think of e-commerce, rarely do we consider its physical footprint – the process of actually fulfilling the online order and facilitating its delivery. However, my home state of Ohio has become somewhat of an e-commerce hub. Ohio offers favorable geographic location, a workable transportation network, a business friendly regulatory framework and skilled laborers. Because of these key items, Ohio is home to roughly 760 warehouse establishments, including many e-commerce fulfillment operations.”

### Read More

Latta Helps Pass Legislation Supporting Law Enforcement for National Police Week


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing several pieces of legislation supporting law enforcement and first responders as part of National Police Week. These bills honor the sacrifice of police officers and ensure they have the resources to do their jobs and keep the public safe.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our police officers and first responders that make countless sacrifices to keep our communities safe,” said Latta. “National Police Week is a time to remember the jobs these brave men and women do every day as part of the thin blue line. I voted to pass legislation that will protect our first responders, honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and ensure they have the tools they need to do their job.”

The bills approved by the House include:

H.R. 115 – The Thin Blue Line Act – This legislation adds murder of a state or local police officer as an aggravating factor for a jury to consider in deciding whether to impose the death penalty in federal capital cases.

H.R. 1039 – The Probation Officer Protection Act – Protects public safety by giving probation officers the authority, while performing their duties, to arrest a person if there is probable cause that the individual has forcibly assaulted or interfered with a probation officer in the performance of his or her duties.

H.R. 1892 – The Honoring Hometown Heroes Act -  Permits Governors to order that flags be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty.

H.R. 1616 – Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act – Authorizes the National Computer Forensics Institute of the Department of Homeland Security; the institute will disseminate information to local and state law enforcement relations to the investigation and prevention of cyber and electronic crime.

H.R. 1428 – American Law Enforcement Heroes Act – Authorizes COPS grantees to use grant funds to hire veterans as career law enforcement officers.

### Read More

Latta, McNerney Introduce Grid Modernization Resolution


In an effort to encourage forwarding-thinking initiatives that will ensure America’s future includes an affordable and secure electric system, Congressmen Bob Latta (R-OH) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) have introduced a resolution, H.Res. 334, stating that the sense and commitment of the United States House of Representatives is to advance the modernization of the United States’ energy delivery infrastructure.

“It’s time that we prioritize bringing our electric grid into the 21st century by embracing new technology that will deliver energy in a safer, more efficient way,” said Rep. Latta. “This resolution lays out an approach to modernize our aging grid, and ensure that it is secure against dangers posed by severe weather, cyberattacks, and other disruptions. This shouldn't be a partisan issue, and that’s why I’ve partnered with Rep. McNerney to propose a strategy that embraces innovative technology that will improve our grid infrastructure.”
“As technology progresses, and technical demands on the grid increase, Congress needs to address the requirements for an evolving electric grid,” said Rep. McNerney.  “By pursuing innovative modernization strategies, we can be ahead of the curve on improving grid resilience and efficiency while also cutting costs for Americans. With cyber threats on the rise, it’s imperative that we take meaningful steps toward addressing our grid vulnerabilities. I’m proud to co-sponsor this resolution with Rep. Latta to show that America’s leadership in innovation is a goal we all share, no matter what side of the aisle you sit on.”
Congressmen McNerney and Latta co-chair the bipartisan Grid Innovation Caucus, which advocates for technological innovation, educates members of Congress, and promotes policies that enhance grid operations. Several policies championed by the caucus have already been signed into law, including the creation of a Strategic Transformer Reserve to aid in utilities’ response to large scale grid disruptions, such as natural disasters, cyber or terrorist attack on the grid.
### Read More

Latta Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) announced Ethan Cawley, a student at Cory-Rawson High School, as the winner of Ohio’s Fifth District 2017 Congressional Art Competition at an event on Saturday in Findlay.
In a ceremony at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, Latta honored Mr. Cawley for his winning art piece along with three Honorable Mention winners, Delaney McQuown, Mac Veh, and Paige Burger. The winning artwork, entitled, “Lola ‘72” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Tunnel for one year. The three Honorable Mention pieces will be displayed in each of Latta’s district offices.

“Congratulations to Ethan for his original and creative artwork — it will be a welcome addition to the Capitol building in D.C.,” said Congressman Latta. “It’s always interesting to see what students in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District are able to come up with, and this year was no different. I’d like to thank everyone that participated in the competition this year.”

2017 Art Competition Results – Ohio’s 5th Congressional District
Overall Winner:
Lola '72, Ethan Cawley, Cory-Rawson High School

Honorable Mentions:
Cinnamon, Delaney McQuown, Upper Sandusky High School
Juxtaposition, Mac Veh, Ottawa Hills High School
Who Let the Dawgs Out, Paige Burger, Upper Sandusky High School

From L to R: Paige Burger, Mac Veh, Congressman Latta, Ethan Cawley, Delaney McQuown

Congressman Latta with Ethan Cawley and the winning artwork, Lola ‘72

### Read More

Latta Recognizes Students Accepted to U.S. Military Service Academies


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) congratulated six students from Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District on their acceptance to one of the U.S. Military Service Academies at an event on Sunday in Bowling Green. All of the students were nominated by Congressman Latta and have received offers of appointment for the Class of 2021 at their respective academies.
“It is no small task being accepted to a United States Military Service Academy, and I commend these six students for their dedication and hard work to achieve this honor,” said Latta. “Our nation is fortunate to have young people answering the call to serve in our military, and I’m excited to watch this group grow into our country’s next generation of leaders.”  
The following students were recognized:
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Olga Budke, Findlay, St. Wendelin Catholic School
Elizabeth Shaffer, Hicksville, Hicksville High School
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York
Samuel Kovaleski, Findlay, Findlay High School
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York
Allena Rose, Toledo, Whitmer High School
Abigail Yeager, Holland, Springfield High School
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
Matthew Butson, Metamora, St. John’s Jesuit High School
### Read More

Bipartisan Legislation Providing Greater Flexibility to Manage Water Infrastructure Introduced in U.S. House


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has introduced legislation to provide states and municipalities with greater flexibility to manage their wastewater and stormwater systems and improve their infrastructure long-term. The bill, H.R. 2355, the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, mirrors companion Senate legislation introduced by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE). Joining Latta in introducing the bill is Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), Congressman David Joyce (R-OH), Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA), and Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-PA).
“This legislation will provide additional tools and flexibility for communities to comply with mandated wastewater infrastructure improvement projects” said Congressman Latta. “With more than $21 billion worth of water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs in Ohio, it’s critical to provide communities with the ability to meet their obligations in a more cost-effective manner. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues in both chambers to ensure that this bipartisan bill reaches the President’s desk in order to help improve our nation’s water infrastructure and protect ratepayers.”  

“Every $1 invested in infrastructure generates about $2 worth of new economic activity. Communities throughout the heartland are working to improve their water infrastructure and keep families safe, and this bill would help ensure the EPA is working with them toward that goal,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “By making common sense changes to improve the way water infrastructure investments are made, we can give communities the tools they need to spur new economic development opportunities, create good-paying jobs and improve communities across the heartland.”
“Improving our water and wastewaster infrastructure is key to providing clean drinking water for the constituents in the 11th Congressional District. Yet, some municipalities and utilities do not have the flexibility to make improvements in a green, cost-effective, and innovative manner, driving up costs for families and slowing down much needed improvements.” said Congresswoman Fudge. “That's why I am pleased to join Congressman Latta in introducing the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act to help solve this problem, reduce costs, and increase access to one of our most vital natural resources – clean water.”

“As local communities struggle to fix aging water infrastructure and comply with federal mandates, we need to give them more flexibility and options, so they can accomplish the task without increasing the burden on local ratepayers,” said Congressman Joyce. “This bill does that, and I am proud to work with my colleagues to move it through the process.”

“This critical legislation will give our cities and storm water agencies additional time, resources, and financial flexibility, to address the unique watershed system needs in each storm water permit area,” said Congresswoman Napolitano. “It will particularly benefit cities in Los Angeles County, including those in my San Gabriel Valley-based district, by giving them regulatory assistance in managing the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit from the State Regional Water Quality Control Board.”
“We all want to maintain the safe and clean environment we enjoy in the 16th District,” said Congressman Smucker. “I have a record of supporting clean water initiatives in the Pennsylvania State Senate, and I am continuing that record in the U.S. House. But we need a commonsense regulatory approach that is more collaborative than punitive. This bill is one way we can help ensure we are providing clean, safe water to our communities without putting an unnecessary burden on local governments and the taxpayers that support them.”
Under the Clean Water Act, municipalities on average are spending nearly 7% of their tax dollars on water and sewer systems. Even with that amount of taxpayer money, there is a need for approximately $300 billion for clean water infrastructure investments nationally. Many ratepayers are also seeing sewer rates increase at a rapid pace compared to inflation.

### Read More

Latta Votes to Repeal Obamacare, Strengthen Health Care for American Families


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals Obamacare and replaces it with patient-centered heath care.
“It’s very evident that Obamacare is failing the American people, and its problems continue to grow. Just yesterday, more than 70,000 Iowans found out they might not have a single insurer to purchase insurance from on their exchanges next year. Last year, more than 5.5 million people decided to pay an IRS penalty instead of purchasing insurance they can’t afford. The promises of Obamacare have been thoroughly broken, and the problems it has foisted on hardworking families can’t be ignored. Constituents in my district have told me about skyrocketing premiums, difficultly using their insurance, and the lack of choices they face thanks to Obamacare. Out of the 14 counties I represent, four are facing a reality where there won’t be a single insurer available on the exchanges, and another five counties will most likely only have one insurer available.
“The AHCA keeps in place protections for pre-existing conditions while giving states more flexibility to improve their health care marketplaces and bring down the cost of insurance. At the same time, the bill repeals Obamacare’s burdensome mandates and costly taxes that hurt Ohio families and small businesses, and it establishes a Patient and State Stability Fund that will provide funding to states so they can implement policies that work best for their citizens. The legislation also makes needed reforms to the Medicaid program while ensuring a stable transition during the implementation of the AHCA.
“Our health care system desperately needs rescuing from the disaster that is Obamacare, and that’s why I voted to pass the American Health Care Act and provide much needed relief for Ohioans.”
In addition to passing the American Health Care Act, Congressman Latta also voted to pass H.R. 2192, legislation that ensures that Members of Congress and congressional staff will be subject to the AHCA when it passes the Senate and is signed into law. Due to procedural issues, that legislation had to be passed as a stand-alone bill.
### Read More

Loading legislation ... one moment please
Loading votes ... one moment please

Latta: Ohio Becoming an E-Commerce Hub

2017-05-23 16:07:38

Latta Questions Witnesses on IoT, Cybersecurity

2017-04-05 17:13:39

Latta Questions Witnesses on Cybersecurity Threats to Grid Infrastructure

2017-02-01 22:43:48

Latta: Honor OSS Veterans with Congressional Gold Medal

2016-11-30 23:02:40

Latta Speaks on Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

2016-11-16 21:41:24

Latta Questions Witnesses on Fuel Economy Standards

2016-09-23 15:40:45

Latta Speaks About the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act

2016-09-12 22:46:07

Latta Lays Out Priorities at Energy Conference Committee

2016-09-09 15:45:16

Latta Questions FCC Commissioners

2016-07-12 18:12:35

Latta Opening Statement at FCC Subcommittee Hearing

2016-07-12 18:02:58

Latta Speaks in Favor of Naming Findlay Post Office After Former Congressman Mike Oxley

2016-06-21 20:37:12

Latta: Provide States with More Time and Flexibility to Implement Ozone Requirements

2016-06-08 19:28:45

House Passes Latta’s Bipartisan Drinking Water Protection Act

2015-02-24 23:58:27

Latta Remembers Toledo Mayor Mike Collins on the House Floor

2015-02-12 18:25:42

Latta Speaks in Support of the Drinking Water Protection Act

2015-02-12 16:43:41

Congressman Latta Supports Right to Life on House Floor

2015-01-22 19:28:12

Latta Reads U.S. Constitution On The House Floor

2015-01-09 15:30:33

Congressman Latta Speaks in Support of STELAR

2014-11-19 20:04:01

House Passes Latta's E-LABEL Act

2014-09-11 18:37:22

Latta Speaks in Support of STELA Reauthorization

2014-07-22 20:36:00

Contact Information

2448 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6405
Fax 202-225-1985

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.

Serving With

Steve Chabot


Brad Wenstrup


Jim Jordan


Bill Johnson


Bob Gibbs


Warren Davidson


Michael Turner


Pat Tiberi


David Joyce


Steve Stivers


Jim Renacci


Recent Videos