Bob Latta

Bob Latta

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) on Thursday announced his reelection bid in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District. The announcement comes ahead of a potential redistricting that could move Williams County from Latta’s Fifth District to the Ninth District, which currently is represented by Democrat Marcy Kaptur.

Ohio’s new, redrawn congressional district map has cleared the Republican-controlled Ohio state Legislature and now heads next to GOP Gov. Mike DeWine for approval or veto.

The map’s latest iteration emerged late Monday and passed through two committees and two chambers in less than three days.

Lacking Democratic support, it is on track to last only four years, until the next census triggers the once-per-decade map-drawing process.

Latta has served the Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. Kaptur has represented the Ninth District, which includes the city of Toledo, since 1983. The new Ninth District includes Williams, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Sandusky, Ottawa and Erie counties.

Latta is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, overseeing energy, telecommunications, environment, health care and interstate commerce policy; Republican leader of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; and a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, which he chaired in the 115th Congress. He is a deputy whip and co-chairs the Rural Broadband Caucus and the Congressional Propane Caucus.

In the proposed congressional map approved by the Ohio Legislature, Latta currently — or previously — has represented 10 of the 11 counties comprising Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District. The Fifth Congressional District also includes his hometown of Bowling Green.

“The people who call Ohio home represent the best of our country. It is my greatest honor to represent such hardworking Americans who are committed to our country’s success both at home and abroad. While it is always hard to lose constituents who have been a part of the Fifth District, I look forward to welcoming back the counties that I formerly represented,” Latta said Thursday in announcing his reelection effort.

“There is much work ahead of us to get our country back on track, including lowering everyday costs at the pump, combating inflation, securing and strengthening our southern border and getting folks back to work while supporting our job creators,” he said.

Latta has had more than a dozen bills signed into law during his Congressional tenure.

On Friday, he voted against the reconciliation bill, which narrowly passed and had been championed by Democrats and President Joe Biden.

“The government cannot continue spending money and expect there to be no consequences. The effects are real: Government spending is already driving up inflation. Instead of focusing on policies that would ease the burdens being placed on Americans, Democrats crafted a far-left, irresponsible and unprecedented spending bill without Republican input,” Latta said.

Latta is married to wife Marcia, a Stryker native. His father, Delbert Latta, served in the U.S. Congress for 30 years, representing Williams County and all or part of 14 others in northwest Ohio. Delbert “Del” Latta passed away in May 2016 in a Bowling Green nursing home after an extended illness. He was 96.

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