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Congressmen Latta, Walz Announce Bipartisan Congressional Propane Caucus


Today, Congressman Robert E. Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) announced the founding of the Congressional Propane Caucus.

The caucus has been formed in order to provide a bipartisan forum to engage Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on issues of importance to propane consumers and the propane industry. 

“I am pleased to join my colleague Congressman Walz in leading this effort in the House. Thanks to an increase in domestic production and the development of shale formations across the country – including the Utica/Point Pleasant formation in my home state of Ohio - Americans are blessed with an abundance of this essential resource,” said Propane Caucus Co-Chairman Rep. Latta. “Propane is vital to our every day lives; it heats our homes, aids in the production of our farms, and is increasingly being used as an alternative, clean burning fuel for transportation. I am pleased to start this caucus in order to educate fellow Members of Congress on the many uses of propane, its importance to the constituents we serve, and the issues both the industry and its consumers face.”

“I’m proud to lead this caucus with Rep. Latta. Propane is essential for hundreds of thousands of Minnesota families, not only to heat their homes during the long, cold winter, but also for cooking, laundry, and farming,” Rep. Walz, co-chair of the Propane Caucus, said. “It is imperative that we do everything in our power to protect families and local businesses from facing the price shocks we witnessed in the winter of 2014 when a lack of supply put people’s lives and livelihoods at risk.” 

Propane is an abundant, clean-burning, domestic fuel that is a key component in America’s energy portfolio. Propane contributes $38.7 billion to America’s GDP and provides nearly 50,000 domestic jobs.  Furthermore, over 50 million Americans choose propane as their energy source in a wide array of applications, including:

  • Residential and commercial space heating (furnaces, boilers, and gas logs), water heating, cooking, and clothes drying
  • Farm use for irrigation pumps, grain dryers, standby generators and other agricultural equipment
  • As an alternative transportation fuel in school buses, delivery vans, pickup trucks, law enforcement vehicles, and forklifts
  • Industrial space heating and process applications

Recent developments in the energy sector have generated a strong domestic propane supply that is projected to remain plentiful for the foreseeable future.  However, many challenges exist to ensure that Americans have an adequate supply of propane when they need it.  

The Congressional Propane Caucus was designed to focus on these challenges, so that Congress can ensure that propane continues to serve American consumers in a consistent, reliable, and affordable manner.

Congressional Propane Caucus Founding Members

Co-Chair, Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-OH)

Co-Chair, Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN)

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)

Rep. Dave Loebsck (D-IA)

Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN)

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)

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U.S. Rep. Robert E. Latta (OH-05) Honors U.S. Service Academies Appointments


Washington, D.C. - On Sunday, May 17, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) recognized U.S. Military Service Academies Appointments for the incoming class of 2019 for the Fifth Congressional District of Ohio.  This year, twelve students received appointments, and were honored at an afternoon reception with the Congressman at the Rotary Nature Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.                                       

“I am extremely proud to have nominated great students to our nation’s Service Academies,” said Latta. “These young men and women represent our future leaders, and I am honored to have had the opportunity celebrate their appointments with them, and their families. I want to congratulate them for what they have already achieved in their lives, and wish them the best of luck in their bright futures ahead.”



U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Michael Grindle, Holland, Springfield High School

Alexander Mossing, Holland, Air Force Academy Preparatory School/

Toledo Central Catholic High School

Joshua Mossing, Sylvania, Toledo Central Catholic High School

Jeffrey Wilson, Perrysburg, Randolph-Macon Academy/

Lake High School

U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York

Mary Bahr, Waterville, Anthony Wayne High School

Ross Caywood, Perrysburg, U.S. Military Academy Prep School/

Perrysburg High School

Bradley Krupp, Bowling Green, Bowling Green High School


U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Aaron Dunn, Toledo, Toledo Christian High School

Mason Jessing, Delta, Delta High School

Susan Johnson, Bowling Green, Bowling Green High School

Samantha Meinen, Toledo, Whitmer High School

Andrew Weiss, Findlay, Findlay High School

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Congressmen Latta, McNerney, Congresswoman Ellmers Introduce Critical Electric Infrastructure Protection Act


On Tuesday, May 12, Congressman Robert E. Latta (R-OH), along with Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Rep. Renee Ellmers  (R-NC), introduced H.R. 2271, The Critical Electric Infrastructure Protection Act, bipartisan legislation to amend the Federal Power Act and addresses electric infrastructure security. 

The legislation serves to better protect Critical Electric Infrastructure by enabling the federal government and private entities to better respond to, and mitigate grid security emergencies.

“This legislation ensures the protection of one of the nation’s most critical assets, our electric infrastructure,” said Rep. Latta.

“The Critical Electric Infrastructure Protection Act provides fortification to a system that impacts American’s daily lives. The viability of this infrastructure is essential to providing for our national security, our economic security, interstate commerce and the public health and safety of our citizens.”

“As we face new and growing threats, both physical and virtual, it is imperative we act to address these risks. I am proud to have worked with Congressman McNerney and Congresswoman Ellmers to present to the House this bipartisan solution.”

“Our nation’s electric infrastructure touches every aspect of our daily lives: We depend on it in the care of our families, for our health care needs and for our national security,” said Rep. McNerney. “Our grid remains vulnerable to physical and cyber attacks, and this common sense bipartisan bill allows for better coordination between the federal government and private entities, ensuring that we can quickly respond to attacks on our infrastructure. We must have all parties working together to protect critical infrastructure assets. I am pleased to have worked with my colleagues Mr. Latta and Ms. Ellmers on this legislation and hope that it receives consideration by the House.” 

“It is imperative we put measures in place to ensure that our nation’s critical electric infrastructure is secure, reliable and resilient,” stated Rep. Ellmers. “When there is a credible threat to our grid, we must act in a proactive and expeditious manner. This legislation moves to protect a vital component of our everyday life, and I have enjoyed working with my colleagues, Bob Latta and Jerry McNerney, on improving the security of the nation’s electric infrastructure.”

The Critical Electric Infrastructure Protection Act facilitates communication between public and private entities in order to rapidly respond to the unique situations that may occur during a grid emergency. The bill also provides emergency authority to the Secretary of Energy to address grid security emergencies upon written directive or determination by the President.


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Congressman Bob Latta Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) announced Alexandra Boyadzhiev of Ada High School as the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition at a reception held at The University of Findlay’s Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion this Saturday.

 Ms. Boyadzhiev’s submission - “What Dreams May Come” - will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Tunnel for one year alongside the artwork from other nationwide contestants.

“I congratulate Alexandra for her incredible creativity and artistic talent, and I am looking forward to proudly displaying her work at the Capitol,” said Congressman Latta. “This district is blessed with rich talent and creative innovators, and I thank and applaud all of those students who entered their submissions into the competition.”

The following students received Honorable Mention for their submissions:

Mary Burmeister

Notre Dame Academy 

“Water Bound”

Peyton Leatherman

Liberty Center High School 

“Self Portrait”


Aaron Donaldson

Bowling Green High School 


The three Honorable Mention winners will have their artwork displayed in one of Congressman Latta’s congressional offices for the year.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nation-wide high school art competition to recognize the artistic talents of the nation’s youth. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and has had more than 650,000 high school students participate in the competition.

This year, 91 students from 19 schools located throughout Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District submitted their original artwork.


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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Honors Congressman Latta With “Spirit of Enterprise” Award for Pro-Business Record


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) was recognized for his pro-business legislative record by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which presented him with the “Spirit of Enterprise” Award at a ceremony Wednesday. 

“I have worked hard in supporting pro-growth, pro-business policies as a Member of Congress, and I am honored to accept this award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to continuing this work to advance future policies that allow businesses to create jobs, and put our country back on a path towards prosperity.”

The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation outlined in the Chamber publication, How They Voted. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes qualify to receive the award.

“For 50 years, through our How They Voted scorecard, the U.S. Chamber has been recognizing legislators from both sides of the aisle who have worked to pass legislation and enact policies that bolster our country’s economy, create jobs and keep our nation’s spirit of enterprise alive,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “The Spirit of Enterprise award honors those members of Congress like Congressman Robert E. Latta (OH-05) who has recognized the need and shown a commitment to pro-growth policies in the second session of the 113th Congress.”

During the second session of the 113th Congress, the Chamber scored members on eight Senate votes and 14 House votes, including terrorism risk insurance (TRIA), tax extenders, and the “CRomnibus.” Also scored were votes to ensure free speech, fund transportation and infrastructure, and to further U.S. energy independence.

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Congressional Art Competition Winner to be Announced


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will announce the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition at a reception held at The University of Findlay’s Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion on Saturday, May 2. This year, 91 students from 19 schools located throughout Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District submitted their original artwork for the chance have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“Since 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has provided a tremendous opportunity to showcase the incredible artistic creativity and innovation of our district’s students,” said Latta. “This year, nearly one hundred students from across the Fifth Congressional District submitted entries into the competition, and I am looking forward to having the winner’s art proudly representing our district on display in Washington, D.C.”

All submitted artwork is currently on display at the Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery in the University of Findlay's Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion through May 2, and are available for viewing between the hours of 8AM-8PM during the showing. The winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition will be announced at a reception held in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion on Saturday, May 2. The overall winner’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol alongside the artwork from other nationwide contestants. In addition, three honorable mentions will also be announced and displayed in Congressman Latta's district offices.

Media are invited to attend the reception at The University of Findlay. Details for the event include the following:

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta
WHAT: 2015 Congressional Art Competition Reception
WHEN: Saturday, May 2, at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: The University of Findlay Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, 304 College Street, Findlay, Ohio

For more information about the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, click here

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Congressmen Latta and Welch Issue Rural Call Completion Resolution


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), Co-Chairmen of the Rural Telecommunications Working Group, today reintroduced a bipartisan resolution that outlines steps the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can take to improve telephone service in rural areas.

“Uncompleted calls to rural areas has been a recurring issue for many of the constituents we represent,” said Latta and Welch.  “While the FCC continues to take action to pursue those entities responsible for dropped calls, the problem persists.  This bipartisan resolution builds upon Congressional and FCC efforts to resolve this matter, and reiterates the need for the Commission to aggressively pursue those who violate call completion rules. We must do more to protect the daily communications needs of rural communities, businesses, public safety officials, and families residing in rural areas who depend on and deserve reliable telephone service.”

Dependable, quality telephone service is critical to keeping rural parts of America competitive in the national economy.  One of the main causes of poor rural call completion stems from retail long-distance providers’ increasing use of third parties to deliver calls to rural areas at reduced rates.

Latta and Welch’s resolution expresses a sense of Congress that telephone service must be improved in rural areas of the country, and states that no entity may unreasonably discriminate against telephone users in these areas.  It also encourages the FCC to aggressively pursue entities that violate FCC call completion rules and contribute to poor quality telecommunications services in rural areas, and to take enforceable action against those responsible. 


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Latta Statement on Tax Freedom Day


Today is National Tax Freedom Day; the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its federal, state, and local tax bill for the year. Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement in recognition of Tax Freedom Day:

“Tax Freedom Day gives America’s hard-working tax payers the information on how much it costs to fund all levels of government. In 2015, Americans will pay $3.28 trillion in federal taxes and $1.57 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total tax bill of $4.85 trillion, or 31 percent of national income.”

The House passed many bills to help lower taxes and give more transparency to the government. They included the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, bills related to IRS transparency and accountability, a result of allegations that the agency targeted conservative groups seeking nonprofit tax status; the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015; the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act, to make permanent the deduction for state and local sales taxes; the Mortgage Choice Act; and the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.

“I am committed to reducing the size of government and lowering taxes for all Americans,” Latta said.

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Latta Reintroduces Legislation to Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms in Great Lakes



Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today reintroduced the Protecting Our Great Lakes Act, legislation to help mitigate harmful algal blooms by prohibiting the discharge of dredged material into the waters of the Great Lakes.

“The Protecting Our Great Lakes Act is one step we can take to mitigate harmful algal blooms in our Great Lakes,” said Latta. “The lakes’ health is vital to our region, as millions of people rely on them for drinking water. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to get this legislation passed, so we may protect these national treasures for current and future generations.”

During the dredging process, material is discharged back into the lake, re-suspending buried harmful material as well as disturbing existing bottom sediments and the resting stages of harmful algal bloom species. The Protecting Our Great Lakes Act prohibits the discharge of dredged material into the waters of the Great Lakes.

This legislation is another piece of Congressman Latta’s bipartisan efforts to mitigate algal blooms and improve water quality in Lake Erie and the Great Lakes.  In February, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Congressman Latta’s legislation, H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act, which requires the U.S. EPA to develop and submit a strategic plan to Congress for assessing and managing the risks associated with algal toxins in drinking water.   He is also the author of H.R. 349, the Great Lakes & Fresh Water Algal Blooms Information Act, to examine the causes of and current mitigation efforts in regards to algal blooms in the Great Lakes and H.R. 1705, the Clean Water Affordability Act, to assist municipalities in more affordably managing their wastewater infrastructure projects. 


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Latta Introduces Energy Legislation


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has introduced, H. Res. 215. This resolution is a strategy to a comprehensive national energy reform plan that includes taking advantage of America’s abundant domestic coal, oil, and natural gas supply; exploring and investing in advanced nuclear technology; expanding use of renewable and alternative energy sources, while promoting conservation and energy efficiency and reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

“This resolution encourages an “All of the Above” approach to energy, aiming to increase domestic production while reducing dependence on foreign supplies, resulting in greater American energy security and keeping American dollars here,” said Congressman Latta.

Latta has also introduced the Voluntary Verification Program Act, H.R. 1785.  This legislation would require the federal government to recognize voluntary verification programs for air conditioning, furnace, boiler, heat pump, and water heating products to demonstrate compliance with federal energy efficiency and conservation standards and the Energy Star program.

“The Energy Star program has promoted economic expansion and job growth for participating manufacturers across the nation,” said Latta. “This legislation reduces duplicative efforts, encourages energy efficiency compliance, reduces regulatory burdens, and saves taxpayer dollars; all while enhancing market surveillance thanks to robust voluntary verification programs.” 






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Congressman Robert “Bob” Latta (R- Bowling Green) is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives following his re-election in 2012.  Congressman Latta serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has wide jurisdiction on legislative matters, including energy policy, telecommunications, food and drug safety, public health research, and interstate and foreign commerce. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, where he was selected to serve as Vice Chair, as well as a member of the Subcommittees on Energy and Power, and Environment and the Economy.  In addition, Congressman Latta serves as an Assistant Majority Whip, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsman Caucus, and the Co-Chair of the Republican New Media Caucus.

Congressman Latta previously served as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before his election to Congress, Latta was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2001-2007), Ohio Senate (1997-2000), and Wood County Commissioner (1991-1996).

Since his arrival to Congress, Congressman Latta has advocated for the interests of the people of northwest and west central Ohio and economic prosperity for the country. His top priorities have included balancing the budget, reducing the national debt, and working towards commonsense government reforms. Congressman Latta’s legislative accomplishments include:

·      H.R. 270, the TRICARE Continuity Coverage for National Guard and Reserve Families Act, which allows “gray area” retirees access to TRICARE, and was amended into the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), becoming law, P.L. 111-84.

·      H.R. 1622, the Spectrum Innovation Act, which authorizes the FCC to conduct incentive spectrum auctions generating billions of dollars to pay down our national debt, as well as unleashing spectrum for innovation and job creation.  This incentive auction concept was included in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, H.R. 3630 and signed into law.

·      Latta authored language, which was included in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, and signed into law in July 2012 (P.L. 112-144), to help ease drug shortages in the hospital setting.

This year, Congressman Latta was honored by the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) with the Rx Safety and Leadership Award (Rx Award) for his leadership and commitment to advancing policies that enhance patient safety and security of the pharmaceutical  distribution supply chain nationwide.  Latta has also received the Ohio Farm Bureau’s “Friend of Farm Bureau” award, the United States Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award, National Association of Manufacturers’ award for “Manufacturing Legislative Excellence,” National Taxpayer Union’s “Taxpayer Friend Award” and the American Conservative Union’s “ACU Conservative” award. In 2009, Latta was recognized with the Association of the United States Navy National Legislative Advocacy Award for his “superb leadership and outstanding service during the 110th and 111th Congress to improve the quality of life of Active Component and Reserve Component military members and their families.”

As a member of the Ohio General Assembly, Latta was committed to eliminating the death tax to help Ohio’s citizens, small business owners, and farmers, which he achieved in 2000 when 78% of Ohio death tax filers were successfully eliminated.  Congressman Latta also worked to make Ohio streets safer when he sponsored the DNA Bill that requires all felons and certain misdemeanants to give DNA samples, which are then placed in the state and national databases.  Latta also sponsored the juvenile crime legislation, which in part holds juveniles more responsible for their actions.

A longtime sportsman committed to wildlife and the outdoors, Latta was awarded by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, formerly the Ohio Wildlife Federation, with the Patriot Award in 2002 and 2012, which is given for “dedication and leadership in defending our outdoor heritage.”  During his tenure in the Ohio General Assembly, he sponsored the Bald Eagle license plate.  The proceeds from these plates are used to purchase eagle habitat and for eagle preservation throughout Ohio. Congressman Latta also serves as a hunter education instructor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Congressman Latta has earned recognition from the United Conservatives of Ohio, naming him “Watchdog of the Treasury” in 1998, 2000, and 2005.  The League of Ohio Sportsmen, which is affiliated with the Ohio Wildlife Federation and promotes environmental and sportsmen issues also nominated him in 2000 for the “Legislator of the Year” award. Latta has also earned recognition from the Ohio National Guard receiving the Major General Charles Dick Award for Legislative Excellence in 1999, and the “President’s Award” in 2006.

Congressman Latta is active in his community, where he is a member of the Bowling Green Kiwanis, having served as President, Director, and Trustee.  Latta is also a member of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Farm Bureau.

A lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, Congressman Latta graduated from Bowling Green Senior High School in 1974.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 1978, and earned his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1981.

Congressman Latta and his wife Marcia reside in Bowling Green with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria.

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