|Name||Robert E. "Bob" Latta|
Bowling Green, Ohio , United States
|| April 18, 1956
Feb 05, 2013 02:25pm
|Info||State Representative Bob Latta won election to the Ohio House of Representatives in November 2000, and is currently serving his fourth term. He represents the people of the 6th House District, which is comprised of Wood County. Prior to his tenure in the House, Latta was elected to the Senate in November 1996 and represented the 2nd Senate District. Throughout his tenure in the Senate he chaired the Judiciary Committee passing key legislation making Ohio’s streets safer. |
During the 125th, 126th and 127th General Assemblies, Representative Latta served as Chair of the Criminal Justice committee and has also served as a member of Alternative Energy, Civil and Commercial Law, Ways and Means, Judiciary and Public Utilities Committees, the Criminal Sentencing Commission and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee.
Based on his work towards the elimination of the Ohio estate tax in the Ohio Senate, Latta was honored as “Legislator of the Year” for 2000 by the Ohio Farmers Union. As enacted, the death tax bill, Senate Bill 108, increases the exemption for estates in Ohio, which eliminated 78% of the death tax filers.
Based on his voting record for sound fiscal management during his tenure in the Senate, Latta was honored by the United Conservatives of Ohio. He was presented with the “Watchdog of the Treasury Award” in 1998, 2000 and 2005, and was selected as the “Outstanding Freshman Legislator” in 1998.
During the 123rd General Assembly, Latta worked with Chief Justice Moyer on Senate Bill 179 which redrafted the juvenile crime statute in the state of Ohio. Representative Latta worked with Attorney General Jim Petro during the 125th General Assembly to pass the DNA bill. As enacted, it tests all persons convicted of a felony and those convicted of certain misdemeanors in order to match criminals currently incarcerated to current crime cases.
Latta is an Ohio Division of Wildlife Certified Hunter Education Instructor and is the House Co-Chair for the Ohio Sportsman’s Caucus. In 2002, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, formerly the Ohio Wildlife Federation, awarded Latta with the Patriot Award. This award is given for “dedication and leadership in defending our outdoor heritage.” The League of Ohio Sportsmen also nominated Latta as “Legislator of the Year” for 2000. The league is an affiliate of the Ohio Wildlife Federation and promotes environmental and sportsmen issues.
Latta sponsored the Bald Eagle license plate in the 122nd General Assembly. The proceeds from this plate are used to purchase eagle habitat and for eagle preservation in Ohio. In the 125th General Assembly, Latta worked with the Ohio Division of Wildlife to enact legislation that allows sportsmen and women to contribute to the Ohio Division of Wildlife Fund by paying an additional $25 license fee for each set of Sportsperson’s License Plates. Most recently, Latta’s Wildlife Violator Compact allows the Division of Wildlife to work jointly with other state and federal wildlife agencies in maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of conservation law enforcement officers and to enter into an interstate compact to track wildlife violators.
Representative Latta has also been honored for his work with other organizations in Ohio. Most recently in March, he was presented the Distinguished Legislator Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association for his outstanding leadership in support of policies and programs that further the economic development of the state of Ohio. In 2004, he received the Cooperator Award from Ohio’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts. He was also presented with the Ohio Association of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Boards’ Legislator Appreciation Award. In 1999, Senator Latta was honored with the Major General Charles Dick “Award for Legislative Excellence” from the Ohio National Guard Association. The Ohio State University SeaGrant honored Latta for his work on its behalf with a service award in 1999.
Latta is a strong advocate for community involvement. He is a member of the Bowling Green Noon Kiwanis and has served as its President, Director and Trustee and was recognized with a “Distinguished Service Award” in 1999. He was a founding Trustee for the Wood County Arthritis Foundation and is also a member of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, NRA (Endowment Member), Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association, NFIB, Wood County Farm Bureau, Friends of Camp Perry, Wood County Historical Society, the Omicron Delta Kappa Academic Honorary and an honorary member of the Wood County Township Trustees. In 1999 Wood County 4-H recognized him for his outstanding service to 4-H. The Bowling Green Community Foundation also honored him for his pro bono legal work in their founding year.
As a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, Representative Latta graduated from Bowling Green Senior High School, 1974, and received a B.A. degree from Bowling Green State University, 1978. He earned his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, 1981.
Bob is married to the former Marcia Sloan of Williams County and they reside in Bowling Green with their two daughters, Elizabeth, 15 and Maria, 14.