Representative Bob Latta's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 5, Republican
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Bob Latta has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 36 “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • “Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision of Roe v. Wade -- a decision that has altered humanity by legalizing abortion in our nation […] Since that day, there have been more than 55 million abortions in the United States.” (

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  • "With an already struggling economy, we cannot afford more job losses, decreased income, and tax increases that come from inaction. I have repeatedly called for a permanent extension of the current income tax rate at all levels.” (
  • "It is time for Congress to pass legislation that will help stimulate real economic growth, and stop these tax hikes." (
  • Signed a pledge stating “ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (

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  • "In 2014 in Ohio, 2,531 lives were lost due to unintentional drug overdoses. Ohio has one of the nation's most comprehensive approaches to tackling this crisis; however, the issue persists and more needs to be done. That is why I am encouraged by the committee's actions to recognize and combat this epidemic as a public health issue and address it at a federal level." (

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  • "During last week's recess, I met with over 170 constituents at local courthouse conferences one on one, and they made it very clear that they do not support these massive spending bills, whether it was the so-called 'stimulus' package or the financial market bailout." (
  • Voted against H.R. 1 "Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ('Stimulus Bill')" (

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  • "With an already struggling economy, we cannot afford more job losses, decreased income, and tax increases that come from inaction. I have repeatedly called for a permanent extension of the current income tax rate at all levels. If passed, these tax cuts will continue to help our struggling economy create jobs and spur economic growth. It is of the utmost importance that Congress pass, and the President sign into law, a permanent extension of these tax cuts at current levels." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015” (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" (

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (
  • “Hardworking Americans and businesses deserve the lower energy prices and economic development that this project will bring, and I urge the administration to finally approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.” (

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • “The whole idea of putting cap-and-trade and raising this tax and passing it on to the manufacturers, we're not going to have any jobs left, not only in the 5th Congressional District but across the Midwest because with our heavy coal usage and with the number of manufacturing jobs.” (
  • “Unfortunately, the EPA's proposed regulations will result in limited access to less costly and dependable domestic energy, leading to higher energy costs that will cause job losses for hardworking Americans, and also negatively impact senior citizens, families, and farmers.” (
  • Voted against H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" (

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  • “Today's landmark decision reaffirms our citizens' Second Amendment right to bear arms. No law abiding citizen should be denied this constitutional right based on what city they live in, and I applaud the Supreme Court's decision that recognizes this […]” (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 “Prohibits the District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws” (
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association (

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • “Today's ruling does not change the fact that ObamaCare is a deeply flawed law that has not delivered on what it promised to do […] The Court has made its decision, and House Republicans will continue moving forward and continue to focus on fixing a broken system with policies that put patients first.” (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" (

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  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "I'll defend our traditional values by standing up for the right to life of the unborn, defending traditional marriage, working to preserve our 2nd Amendment rights, and protecting the religious freedoms upon which our nation was founded." (
  • "Just like me, the people of northwest Ohio are conservatives who believe in protecting life, preserving traditional marriage, keeping taxes low on Ohio families, and preventing illegal aliens from getting free, taxpayer funded health care." (

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Rated 7% by Alliance for Retired Americans (


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Ohio State Legislative Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or if the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should always be illegal.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xf) Ohio government funding should not be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action in Ohio

a) Ohio government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sector.
b) Ohio government should provide no affirmative action programs.
c) Ohio government should add sexual orientation to Ohio's anti-discrimination laws.
d) Ohio government should not add sexual orientation to Ohio's anti-discrimination laws.

Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Eliminatea) Abortion
Slightly Decreaseb) Affirmative Action
Slightly Increasec) Agriculture
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Health Care
Slightly Increaseg) Law Enforcement
Maintain Statush) Welfare

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address child and family-related issues in Ohio.

Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Ohio.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Support "truth in sentencing" legislation for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Require mandatory life sentences for third time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentence.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
l) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Ohio.

Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for first-time juvenile felons.
Xc) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xd) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xe) Support mandatory curfews for minors in high crime areas.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Ohio's economic development.

Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
Xb) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling (e.g. riverboat casinos).
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) Remove state governmental controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates.
Xf) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xg) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
Xh) Require a cost/benefit analysis of all state laws and regulations to determine their economic impact.
i) Create state-funded incentives for housing development in rural and urban areas.
j) Support the use of state funding for the construction of sports stadiums and arenas in Ohio.
Xk) Oppose the use of state funding for the construction of sports stadiums and arenas in Ohio.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Ohio's public education system.

a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
Xb) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
Xd) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
Xe) Implement charter schools where teachers and other professionals get state authorization and funding to establish schools.
Xf) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
Xh) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
j) Fund public school education in Ohio by increases in state taxes rather than by using local property taxes.
Xk) Provide state funding for programs which increase student access to the Internet and other telecommunications networks.
l) Increase state funding for school building improvement and maintenance.
m) Support allocating more state education funding to Ohio's lowest-wealth districts and less to the highest-wealth districts.
Xn) Restrict driving privileges and/or sports participation of students with poor academic performance.
o) Support Ohio schools' participation in "Goals 2000", the federal program which establishes academic standards.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Ohio's environment and natural resources.

a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Ohio.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit use of privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Ohio.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend Ohio's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
Xi) Support "right to know" laws for workers exposed to hazardous substances.
Xj) Support legislation which would require polluting industries to pay for environmental cleanup.
k) Support construction of a facility in Ohio to house low-level radioactive waste from Ohio and five other states.
l) Support and enforce fuel price cap legislation.
Xm) Provide state funding for programs that reward farmers for conserving soil and using minimal fertilizers and pesticides.

a) Do you support the current law which limits the terms of the following Ohio officials?

Yes1) State Senators and Representatives (8 years)
Yes2) Governors (two 4 year terms)
Yes3) Certain elected statewide officials (e.g. Attorney General, Secretary of State) (two 4 year terms)
Yesb) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesc) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
e) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesi) Do you support decentralizing some state agencies to outside Columbus?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Support expanding the nationwide ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
Xe) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Support legislation which would ban guns in school zones.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Ohio's health care system.

Xa) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that Ohio citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xd) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Request a waiver from the federal government to provide Medicaid services through privately operated insurance systems.
Xg) Provide state financial assistance to seniors who wish to remain at home as an alternative to a nursing home.
Xh) Allow citizens to open tax-free medical savings accounts to be taxed if used for other than medical purposes.
Xi) Continue trend toward removing most medical services (except long term/nursing home care) from state regulation.
j) Encourage local health departments to distribute condoms as a preventive measure against AIDS.
Xk) Create incentives that increase the supply and retention of health professionals in rural areas and inner cities.

Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning Ohio's tax levels for the following categories.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol Taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Business Taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Capital Gains
Slightly Decreased) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
Slightly Decreasee) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Slightly Decreasef) Property Taxes
Maintain Statusg) Sales Taxes
Maintain Statush) State Fees
Maintain Statusi) Gasoline Taxes
Yesj) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Ohio's welfare system.

a) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
e) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately funded assistance to people in need.
Xh) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
i) Support "Communities of Opportunity" program in which the state of Ohio would subsidize employers who hire welfare recipients.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Ohio State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

When I am elected to the Ohio Senate, two of my goals will be further reform of the Bureau of Workers Compensation and tort reform. Both areas are critical to retaining and attracting businesses to Ohio.

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