Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Tours OSU’s ElectroScience Lab

2016/08/29

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) toured the Ohio State University’s ElectroScience Lab Thursday afternoon and met with the lab’s director, John Volakis. Latta and Volakis discussed advancements in wireless communication, textile antennas, remote sensing, and radar frequency technologies. The ElectroScience Laboratory is one of the largest radio frequency optics research laboratories in the world. Congressman Latta serves as Vice-Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
 
“The work they are doing at the ElectroScience Lab is pushing the limits in advancing technology,” said Latta. “The research that is being conducted will pay countless dividends in the wireless communication and radio frequency fields. I want to thank Professor Volakis and his team for showing me around the facility.”  

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Latta Meets with Ohio Industry and Policy Leaders to Discuss the Internet of Things

2016/08/26

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) participated in a forum hosted by Ice Miller LLP to discuss the benefits, hinderances, and policies relating to the Internet of Things (IoT) in Columbus on Thursday morning. Latta is co-chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee IoT Working Group and Ice Miller is a leader on public policy and legal issues relating to IoT. Also joining the discussion were representatives from the cities of Columbus, Dublin, and Marysville and industry leaders from the health care and technology sectors.
 
Columbus was recently designated a U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City and was awarded a $50 million grant to become a national leader of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The goals of ITS are to improve safety and enhance mobility of our transportation systems, and the IoT will play a critical role in reaching those objectives.
 
“It’s clear from these discussions that the Internet of Things has the potential to reshape our economy and way of life in a positive way,” said Latta. “But with any rapidly developing technology, there are obstacles and policy decisions that need to be considered to ensure that we have an environment that cultivates innovation, not stifles it. With Columbus becoming the national leader of intelligent transportation systems, it’s exciting to know that Ohio will be on the forefront of implementing the Internet of Things into people's daily lives. In addition, today's discussions will be invaluable to the IoT working group as we look to develop a forward-thinking strategy towards new technology.”  
 
“As we heard during our discussion with Congressman Latta, the Internet of Things (IoT) is already having a significant impact on our society, our clients, and our public sector," said Judy Okenfuss, Chair of the IoT Group at Ice Miller. "The IoT industry is poised for explosive growth over the next decade. The discussions we are having with industry experts now, and the standards we will be setting, are critical endeavors to position our State and our Country for the safest and most intelligent use of data and technology in the 21st century.”
 
Latta also participated in a manufacturing Internet of Things roundtable last week at Owens-Illinois, Inc. headquarters in Perrysburg. More information about that forum is available here.
 
The Internet of Things is technology in which physical objects and machines are embedded with Internet connectivity in order to allow them to process data and communicate in real-time with their surrounding environment. IoT can be used to gather information and improve efficiency and effectiveness in the manufacturing, agriculture, health care, and technology fields that can save money and resources. According to one study, the IoT will create $14.4 trillion in global net profit between 2013 and 2022.
 
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Latta Statement on Payment to Iran for American Hostages

2016/08/19

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement in regards to the U.S. State Department’s admission that a $400 million payment to Iran intentionally coincided with the release of four American hostages.
 
“By sending a $400 million payment to Iran in exchange for the release of American hostages, this Administration has essentially set a price for the return of captured Americans,” said Latta. “The President claims this was part of the negotiated nuclear agreement. However, since that deal was put into place, Iran has not improved it’s behavior when it comes to compliance with U.N. resolutions, financing terror, and respecting human rights, so why would they — or any of our enemies — stop abducting U.S. citizens when they know it’s profitable?

“To make matters worse, the Administration’s disingenuous portrayal of this payment as simply a coincidence weakens the public’s trust in our government. The unpopularity of the Iran nuclear deal continues to grow as it becomes apparent that Iran gave up essentially nothing and still have multiple paths to developing a nuclear weapon. This agreement threatens the security of our ally Israel and is threatening to cause even more instability in the Middle East.”

Last month, Congressman Latta voted for multiple pieces of legislation to hold Iran accountable for their flagrant actions. More information on those bills is available here.
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Latta Participates in Internet of Things Roundtable with Local Manufacturers

2016/08/17

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) joined a roundtable discussion hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Owens-Illinois, Inc. Wednesday morning to discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and the impact it has on modern manufacturing. The event took place at the Headquarters of Owens-Illinois in Perrysburg, Ohio. Latta is co-chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan IoT Working Group with Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT).

“The manufacturing sector is rapidly embracing the use of the Internet of Things to improve efficiency in production,” said Latta. “Today’s roundtable discussion provided important insights into how different companies are incorporating this technology into their manufacturing process. As machinery and devices continue to become more interconnected, it’s important that federal policy encourages innovation and growth, while protecting privacy and security.”  

“Connected technology and the data it is generating is revolutionizing manufacturing and we need partners in Washington to help foster its continued growth,” said National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Director of Innovation Policy Brian Raymond. “The NAM was pleased to bring together innovative manufacturers to talk with Rep. Latta about what policies are needed to build and grow the Internet of Things (IoT). We applaud his leadership of the bipartisan IoT Working Group that will help Members of Congress better understand the technology leadership of manufacturers in Ohio and around the country.”

“The concept of the Internet of Things holds a lot of promise for companies like O-I as a way to tap into data and information that has previously been difficult or impossible to access,” said James Nester, Director, Global Manufacturing & Engineering at Owens-Illinois, Inc. “Insights from this data can provide a competitive advantage for O-I, help us operate more efficiently, and improve the value of products and services we deliver to our customers. In that way, the Internet of Things is foundational to enabling improved decision making from shop floor operator to CEO.”

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The Internet of Things is technology in which physical objects and machines are embedded with Internet connectivity in order to allow them to process data and communicate in real-time with their surrounding environment. IoT can be used to gather information during the manufacturing process that can save money and resources.

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Reps. Latta, Luetkemeyer Discuss Regulatory Issues with Local Banks

2016/08/16

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) hosted Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and officials from local banks to discuss regulatory issues that banking institutions are facing at forums held in Findlay and Defiance on Tuesday morning. Luetkemeyer serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance on the Financial Services Committee. The Congressmen both gave updates on current action in Congress to help community banks and reduce burdensome regulations, especially those imposed by Dodd-Frank legislation that was signed into law in 2010.

“Our communities were built thanks to the help of banks on Main Street that know the needs of their neighbors and provide the capital and services that small businesses and families thrive on,” said Latta. “Unfortunately, we are seeing the death of many of these banks due to one-size-fits-all approaches from this Administration and overzealous regulators. I want to thank Chairman Luetkemeyer for coming to Northwest Ohio to listen to these concerns and to share what is being done at the Congressional level to try to relieve the burden that these banks are facing.”

Speaking to the group, Congressman Luetkemeyer pointed out that since the passage of Dodd-Frank, the country is losing one bank per day on average due to closures and acquisitions. He also pointed out that banks offering free checking to customers have dwindled from 75% to 37%. Both can be attributed to financial and administrative burdens imposed by a more rigid regulatory structure.

In addition to raising concerns with the increased regulations, participants in the forum also pointed to uncertainty and costly delays from Federal agencies that are making it more difficult to expand services and serve their customers.

The two forums were held at Owens Community College in Findlay and Kissner’s Restaurant in Defiance.

Congressman Luetkemeyer (at the podium) and Congressman Latta listen to a question at the Findlay banking forum

 

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Luetkemeyer and Latta addressing the group at the Defiance event

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Latta Statement on the Passing of Former Congressman Steve LaTourette

2016/08/04

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement after the passing of former Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette.
 
“Steve LaTourette represented the very best in public service,” said Latta. “He was never afraid to work with people from all parts of the political spectrum in order to get things done for the people of Ohio. His sense of humor and loyalty made him easy to work with, and a career full of accomplishments is testament to that. Marcia and I extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Jennifer, and the rest of his family and friends at this time. Steve is gone too soon, but his legacy will not soon be forgotten."

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Latta Legislation to Name Findlay Post Office After Late Congressman Mike Oxley Signed Into Law

2016/07/30

The President has signed into law legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) naming the Findlay Post Office after former U.S. and Ohio Representative Mike Oxley. The bill, H.R. 4925, designates the post office at 229 West Main Cross Street in Findlay, Ohio as the ‘Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building.’ Congressman Oxley served over thirty years in the Ohio General Assembly and in Congress where he rose to become Chairman of the Financial Services Committee.
 
“It’s now official that the Findlay Post Office will bear the name of Mike Oxley, a committed public servant and good man,” said Latta. “Mike’s decades of service in the Ohio Legislature and the U.S. Congress deserve to be honored in his hometown and around the region. The Main Street Post Office is a central location in any community, including Findlay, and this law ensures his name and legacy will be remembered for years to come.”   
 
A ceremony will be held to celebrate the naming of the post office, but a date and time are still to be determined.

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Paulding

2016/07/19

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Paulding County Court, 201 East Caroline Street, Suite 2 in Paulding on Tuesday, July 26. From 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss the 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 they may have with the federal government.
 
Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions. Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Drew Griffin at drew.griffin@mail.house.gov. Details for the event include the following:
 
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta
WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents
WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Paulding County Court, Suite 2, 201 East Caroline Street, Paulding, Ohio 45879

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Defiance

2016/07/18

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Defiance County East Building, Conference Rooms A&B, 1300 East Second Street, in Defiance on July 25. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss the 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 they may have with the federal government.
 
Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions. Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Drew Griffin at drew.griffin@mail.house.gov. Details for the event include the following:
 
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta
WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents
WHEN: Monday, July 25, 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Defiance County East Building, Conference Rooms A&B, 1300 East Second Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Bryan

2016/07/18

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Williams County Courthouse, Common Pleas Courtroom #2, Third Floor, 1 Courthouse Square in Bryan on Wednesday, July 27. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss the 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 they may have with the federal government.
 
Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions. Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Drew Griffin at drew.griffin@mail.house.gov. Details for the event include the following:
 
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta
WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Williams County Courthouse, Common Pleas Courtroom #2, Third Floor, 1 Courthouse Square, Bryan, OH 43506

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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


Congressman Latta Says #Yes2Energy

2014-06-25 20:27:10


Latta Questions EPA Regarding Proposed C02 Regulations' Impact on Ohio

2014-06-19 16:41:10


Latta Supports STELA Reauthorization

2014-03-25 21:47:55


Latta: Obamacare HHS Mandate Violates First Amendment Rights

2014-03-25 18:52:39


Latta: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Bring More Than 2,000 Jobs to Ohio

2014-03-13 23:46:02


Latta Offers Amendment to Electricity Security and Affordability Act on House Floor

2014-03-06 19:29:07


Latta Supports SHARE Act on House Floor

2014-02-05 20:01:45


Congressman Latta and Sherri Garner Brumbaugh Give SOTU Predictions

2014-01-28 23:54:32


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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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