Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) is currently serving his third term as a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC). As Vice Chair during the 112th Congress and Chair during the 113th, Rep. Latta actively led the CSC in protecting and advancing the interests of sportsmen and women.
Back home in Ohio, Congressman Latta enjoys hunting deer with his daughter and prides himself in hailing from a state with vast wildlife and natural resources. He exemplifies his understanding of the need to conserve sportsmen’s heritage for future generations by serving as a hunter education instructor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Congressman Latta sponsored the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 3590), a pro-sportsmen’s legislative package, which passed the House of Representatives in February 2014. Included in this package are a variety of policies that protect our natural resources, as well as our hunting and angling traditions. These include: Public Lands Filming (H.R. 2798), which allows small commercial film crews to film on public lands for an annual fee, and the continuation of the Wildlife & Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (H.R. 2799), both sponsored by the Congressman.
After introduction of H.R. 3590, Congressman Latta received Safari Club International’s 2014 ‘Legislator of the Year’ award, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s 2013 ‘Legislator of the Year’ award.
"As Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and a lifelong hunter, sportsmen and sportswomen's issues are extremely important to me, "said Congressman Latta. "Our hunting and fishing communities are economic engines in this country, contributing $90 billion to the economies of small communities and cities across the nation in 2011 alone, and have helped fuel the future of conservation, known as the American System of Conservation Funding. There are no better stewards of our natural resources than our sportsmen and sportswomen, and I will continue to work to ensure they can continue our country's rich hunting legacy for years to come."
Click on the links below to view some of Congressman Latta’s recent legislative endeavors:
• ‘Dear Colleague’ letter for cosponsors of the SHARE Act (H.R. 3590)
• YouTube: Congressman Latta speaking on the floor for the SHARE Act
Rep. Latta hunting with his daughter Elizabeth
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