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Tom Latham currently serves the 4th Congressional district of Iowa

Thomas Latham is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was initially elected to represent Iowa's 5th district in 1994. However, after significant redistricting in 2000, he now represents the 4th district. (map)

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Tom Latham voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Latham voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

National security and foreign policy

On March 9, 2007, Rep. Latham introduced the National Guard and Reserve Retirement Modernization Act (H.R.1428), which "would amend title 10, United States Code, to reduce the eligibility age for receipt of non-regular military service retired pay for members of the Ready Reserve in active federal status or on active duty for significant periods."

Main article: National Guard and Reserve Retirement Modernization Act

Bio

Latham was born July 14, 1948 in Hampton, Iowa. He was educated at Iowa State University. He is co-owner with his brothers of Latham Seeds.

Congressional career

Latham was elected in 1994 as part of the wave of Republicans taking over the House for the first time since 1955. The 5th, based in western Iowa, is the most Republican district in the state.

The 2000 round of redistricting significantly altered Iowa's congressional map. Latham was placed in the new 4th District in the north-central part of the state, retaining only a small portion of his old district, with a thin extension taking in the northern tier of counties, to the Mississippi River.

While more competitive than the old 5th district, the current 4th district is difficult for challengers, in that it is at the periphery of three television markets (Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo), with none at its center.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Dr. Selden Spencer, an Ames neurologist, to face Latham in his November 2006 bid for reelection. Latham retained his seat. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006)[2]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Tom Latham
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Tom Latham. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
2447 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5476
Fax: 202-225-3301
Email: tom.latham AT mail.house.gov
Web Email
Website

District Office - Ames:
1421 South Bell Avenue, Suite 108A
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-232-2885
Fax: 515-232-2844

District Office - Clear Lake:
812 Highway 18 East
Post Office Box 532
Clear Lake, IA 50428
Phone: 641-357-5225
Fax: 641-357-5226

District Office - Fort Dodge:
1426 Central Avenue, Suite A
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: 515-573-2738
Fax: 515-576-7141

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Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles

Sources

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. "2006 Elections in Iowa," Center for Responsive Politics.

External resources

External articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Agriculture Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Commerce Justice Science and Related Agencies
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 8, 1994
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1995
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
5th District Representative to the State Central Committee, Co-Chairman, Franklin County Republican Party, 1984-91,Republican National Convention Delegation Whip, 1992,Secretary, Republican Party of Iowa
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 1421 South Bell Avenue, Suite 108A, Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-232-2885 / Fax: 515-232-2844
2. 812 Highway 18 East, Post Office Box 532, Clear Lake, IA 50428
Phone: 641-357-5225 / Fax: 641-357-5226
3. 1426 Central Avenue, Suite A, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: 515-573-2738 / Fax: 515-576-7141




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Date of Birth: July 14, 1948