|Minnesota State Senate, District 46|
|2007 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Minnesota House of Representatives|
|2003 to 2007|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|Date of birth||August 9, 1963|
|Place of birth||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Latz served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Judiciary, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Latz served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Higher Education|
|• Judiciary and Public Safety|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Latz served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Business, Industry and Jobs|
|• Higher Education|
Latz's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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"
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
|Minnesota State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ron Latz Incumbent||66%||29,755|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
|Minnesota State Senate, District 44 (2010)|
|Ron Latz (DFL)||20253||65.10%|
|Paul Scofield (R)||10816||34.77%|
|Minnesota State Senate, District 44 (2006)|
|Ron Latz (DFL)||22,632||68.08%|
|Dave Carlson (R)||10,495||31.57%|
|Darrell Brown (Write-In)||29||0.09%|
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.
|Ron Latz's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota Senate, District 46||$47,406|
|2010||Minnesota Senate, District 44||$46,214|
|2008||Minnesota Senate, District 44||$3,650|
|2006||Minnesota Senate, District 44||$0|
|2004||Minnesota House, District 44B||$38,364|
|2002||Minnesota House, District 44B||$32,421|
|Grand Total Raised||$168,055|
2012Latz 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|
|Electric Workers Local 292||$500|
|Minnesota Association for Justice||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$47,406|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Latz received $46,214 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ron Latz's campaign in 2010|
|44th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party||$500|
|Minnesota State MNPL||$500|
|Service Employees Minnesota State Council||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$46,214|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.
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."
Latz and his wife, Julia Shimdov, have two children.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker profile
- "ronlatz," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "State of Minnesota Canvassing Report," accessed May 25, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Results General Election - Nov. 7, 2006," accessed May 15, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Latz, Ron," accessed December 20, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Chris Eaton (DFL)
|Minnesota State Senate District 46
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota State Senate District 44
| Succeeded by|
Terri Bonoff (DFL)