Ron Latz

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Ron Latz
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Minnesota State Senate, District 46
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
2003 to 2007
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin
J.D.Harvard Law School
Personal
BirthdayAugust 9, 1963
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ron Latz (b. September 9, 1963) is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 46. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He is a former Majority Whip.

Latz served as an Assistant Minnesota Attorney General from 1989 to 1995 in the Public Safety and Human Services Division. Latz also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007, and on the St. Louis Park City Council from 1994 to 2002.

Biography

Latz earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1985, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Latz served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce
Finance
Judiciary, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Latz served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Latz served on the following committees:


Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Latz's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Excerpt: "Supporting our schools from Early Childhood and K-12 to our Higher Education Institutions"
  • Excerpt: "Investing in our transportation system and job growth locally and statewide"
  • Excerpt: "Protecting our vulnerable adults by increasing penalties against those who do them harm"
  • Excerpt: "Leading the charge to defend stem-cell research in Minnesota"
  • Excerpt: "Speaking against the Constitutional Amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman and for GLBT equal rights"

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Latz won election in District 46 in 2012 due to redistricting. He was unopposed in the August 14 primary and defeated Paul Scofield (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Latz Incumbent 66% 29,755
     Republican Paul Scofield 34% 15,297
Total Votes 45,052

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Latz won re-election to the 44th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Paul Scofield ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 44 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ron Latz (DFL) 20253 65.10%
Paul Scofield (R) 10816 34.77%
Write-In 41 0.13%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Latz won election to the 44th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Dave Carlson (R).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 44 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ron Latz (DFL) 22,632 68.08%
Dave Carlson (R) 10,495 31.57%
Write-In 89 0.27%
Darrell Brown (Write-In) 29 0.09%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Latz is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Latz raised a total of $168,055 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 20, 2013.[5]

Ron Latz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota Senate, District 46 Won $47,406
2010 Minnesota Senate, District 44 Won $46,214
2008 Minnesota Senate, District 44 Not up for election $3,650
2006 Minnesota Senate, District 44 Won $0
2004 Minnesota House, District 44B Won $38,364
2002 Minnesota House, District 44B Won $32,421
Grand Total Raised $168,055

2012

Latz won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Latz raised a total of $47,406.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ron Latz's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$14,838
Electric Workers Local 292$500
Lande, Jeff$500
Carlson, Joel$500
Minnesota Association for Justice$500
Total Raised in 2012$47,406
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Latz received $46,214 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ron Latz's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$17,750
44th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$500
Trail-PAC$500
Minnesota State MNPL$500
Service Employees Minnesota State Council$500
Total Raised in 2010 $46,214

Scorecards

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[7]

2013

Latz received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 52nd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]

2012

Latz received a score of 14% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 51st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[9]

2011

Latz received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 52nd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[10]

Personal

Latz and his wife, Julia Shimdov, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Eaton (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 46
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State Senate District 44
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Terri Bonoff (DFL)