Bob Latta

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Robert E. Latta
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U.S. House, Ohio, District 5
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPaul Gillmor (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.38 in 2012
First electedDecember 11, 2007
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,614,183
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, Ohio State House of Representatives
2001-2007
Senator, Ohio State Senate
1997-2000
Commissioner, Wood County
1991-1996
Education
Bachelor'sBowling Green State University, 1978
J.D.University of Toledo, College of Law, 1981
Personal
BirthdayApril 18, 1956
Place of birthBluffton, OH
Net worth$2,265,020
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Robert E. Latta (b. April 18, 1956, in Bluffton, OH) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Ohio, representing Ohio's 5th Congressional District. Latta was first elected in 2007. He won re-election in 2012.

Previously, Latta served in the Ohio State Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.[1]

Latta is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Latta is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Latta's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1978: Graduated from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • 1981: Graduated from University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
  • 1991-1996: Served as Commissioner, Wood County, Ohio
  • 1997-2000: Served as member, Ohio State Senate
  • 2001-2007: Served as member, Ohio House of Representatives
  • 2007-Present: U.S. Representative from Ohio

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Latta serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

  • Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Health (Energy and Commerce)

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[3] For more information pertaining to Latta's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Latta voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[5]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Latta voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[6]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Latta voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[8] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[9] Latta voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[11] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Latta voted against HR 2775.[12]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Latta voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Latta voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Latta voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[16]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Latta voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Latta voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[18]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Bob Latta's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Latta is a Hard-Core Conservative. Latta received a score of 20 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.[19]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[20]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[19]

Elections

2014

See also: Ohio's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Latta is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 6, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[21]

2012

See also: Ohio's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Latta won re-election to the U.S. House, to represent Ohio's 5th District. He defeated Bob Wallis in the primary.[22] He then defeated Angela Zimmann (D) and Eric Eberly (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[24] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[24]

U.S. House, Ohio District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Angela Zimmann 39.2% 137,806
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert E. Latta Incumbent 57.3% 201,514
     Libertarian Eric Eberly 3.6% 12,558
Total Votes 351,878
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Ohio's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Latta Incumbent 82.6% 75,889
Bob Wallis 17.4% 15,976
Total Votes 91,865

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Latta is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Latta raised a total of $3,614,183 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[27]

Bob Latta's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 5) Won $1,111,742
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 5) Won $591,070
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 5) Won $1,911,371
Grand Total Raised $3,614,183

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Latta’s reports.[28]

Robert E. Latta (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$53,387.58$33,777.54$(23,056.17)$64,108.95
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$64,108.95$155,741.00$(33,927.19)$185,922.76
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2013$185,922.76$253,880.00$(71,346.30)$368,456.46
Year-End Quarterly[32]December 31, 2014$368,456.00$89,421.00$(34,054.00)$421,322.00
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$421,322.5$105,099.96$(78,933.21)$447,489.25
Running totals
$637,919.5$(241,316.87)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Latta's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Latta won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Latta's campaign committee raised a total of $1,111,742 and spent $1,284,548.[34]

Cost per vote

Latta spent $6.38 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Latta won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Latta's campaign committee raised a total of $591,070 and spent $440,335.[35]

His top 5 contributors between 2009 - 2010 were:

U.S. House, Ohio District 5, 2010 - Bob Latta Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $591,070
Total Spent $440,335
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Bob Latta's campaign committee
American Bankers Assn$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
American Electric Power$9,000
AT&T Inc$9,000
CSX Corp$9,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$37,875
TV/Movies/Music$29,500
Electric Utilities$29,000
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$26,100
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$21,000

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Latta's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,280,040 to $3,250,000. That averages to $2,265,020, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Latta ranked as the 139th most wealthy representative in 2012.[36] Between 2007 and 2012, Latta's calculated net worth[37] increased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[38]

Bob Latta Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$1,660,223
2012$2,265,020
Growth from 2007 to 2012:36%
Average annual growth:7%[39]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[40]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Latta is a "far-right Republican leader," as of June 20, 2013.[41]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[42]

Latta most often votes with:

Latta least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Latta missed 18 of 4,084 roll call votes from Dec 2007 to Apr 2013, which is 0.4%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[43]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Latta paid his congressional staff a total of $895,269 in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 30th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[44]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Latta tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 88th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[45]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Latta was tied with nine other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 1st in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[46]

Voting with party

2013

Latta voted with the Republican Party 98.4 percent of the time, which ranked 11th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[47]

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See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress, "Latta," accessed June 20, 2013
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 On The Issues, "Bob Latta Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  20. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  21. Associated Press, "Ohio Primary Election Results," accessed May 7, 2014
  22. AP, "Primary Results 2012," accessed May 30, 2013
  23. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  24. 24.0 24.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Robert Latta," accessed March 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Robert E. Latta Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 6, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  34. Open Secrets, "Robert Latta 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Robert E. Latta 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  36. Open Secrets, "Latta (R-Ohio), 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  37. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  38. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  39. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  40. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  41. GovTrack, "Robert Latta," accessed June 20, 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Robert Latta," accessed August 8, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Robert Latta," accessed April 2013
  44. LegiStorm, "Robert E. Latta," accessed September 25, 2012
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Gillmor
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio District 5
2007–present
Succeeded by
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