Ron Latz

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Ron Latz
Minnesota State Senate, District 46
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 8
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/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
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin
J.D.Harvard Law School
Date of birthAugust 9, 1963
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
Office website
Campaign website
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.


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


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:


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


Campaign themes


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"

Election history


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


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%


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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Latz received $46,214 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]


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
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 44
Succeeded by
Terri Bonoff (DFL)