Former U.S. Rep Delbert Latta dies

Former U.S. Rep. Delbert “Del” Latta, who represented Ohio’s 5th Congressional District for 30 years, died this morning at Wood Haven Nursing Home in Bowling Green. He was 96.

Latta was born March 5, 1920, in Weston, and attended school in both North Baltimore and McComb. He graduated from McComb High School in 1938, and later attended Findlay College and Ohio Northern University.

In 1952, while teaching at ONU and practicing law, Latta won a seat in the Ohio Senate, where he served three terms. He then ran for and was elected to the 5th District seat in 1958. Latta was re-elected to Congress 14 times before he retired in 1989.

While in Congress, he co-sponsored two bills – the Gramm-Latta Bill in 1981 and the Latta-Michel Bill in 1982 — that put President Ronald Reagan’s economic policies and domestic spending cuts into place. He served on the House Agriculture, Export Controls, Judiciary, Budget and Rules committees.

Latta’s son, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, followed in his father’s footsteps and currently serves as the representative for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District.

After retiring, Latta served as a trustee for Bowling Green State University, Defiance College, and the John Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University.

In 2003, the Bowling Green post office was renamed the Delbert L. Latta Post Office Building.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home, Bowling Green. Interment will be at Union Cemetery, McComb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McComb Church of Christ; or the Del Latta Scholarship Funds at BGSU Foundation, Ohio Northern University and the University of Findlay.

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