Senator Ron Latz


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Ron Latz was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002, after having served nine years as a St. Louis Park Council member. During the four years he represented District 44B, Latz worked hard to advance the well-being of communities in the district and those across the state. He fought bigotry on the floor of the House and passed bipartisan legislation to help end unfunded mandates on our public schools; to protect firefighters’ pensions and fund local projects. He was elected to represent District 44 in 2006 and serves the residents of St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Golden Valley.

Legislative Accomplishments
As a state legislator, Ron Latz: 

  • Helped find an alternative funding source to construct Highway 7 pedestrian bridge.
  • Passed legislation to provide over $2 million in 2005 and 2006 for capital needs at the Perpich Center for Arts Education.
  • Supported the first minimum wage increase in eight years.
  • Authored the “Freedom to Breathe Act” to extend the indoor smoking ban to all workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
  • Authored legislation to protect consumers from unfair gift-card practices.
  • Supported the 2005 comprehensive transportation bill with a mix of transit and highway funding from a variety of sources.

Personal
Ron and his wife, Julia Latz, are longtime residents of Senate District 44. They have two children. Ron was raised in Golden Valley and attended Meadowbrook Elementary, Golden Valley High School, and graduated from Hopkins High School before receiving his degree from Harvard Law School. He currently is a private small business owner and attorney. He has also served as an Assistant Minnesota Attorney General and a criminal prosecutor.

Community Service and Awards

  • Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing
  • Anti-Defamation League National Commission, Civil Right  and Education committees
  • St. Louis Park Community Education Advisory Council
  • Twin West Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program
  • Mayor Pro Tem, St. Louis Park
  • St. Louis Park City Council, 1994-2002
  • American Cancer Society – State Advocacy Chair
  • 2006 “Advocate for Local Educational Solutions”
  • Citizens’ League Civic Leadership Award
  • SEIU “Hero Award” for “putting working families first”

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    Thank you Perspectives for your commitment to families in our community! ...

    Wonderful night celebrating another step in our Seed the Change Capital Campaign. Thank you so much to Senator Ron Latz, Representative Tony Albright & Representative Cheryl Youakim for all you did to help us secure funding this legislative session. Your heart for our mothers and children is apparent to all and we truly appreciate you!

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    REMINDER: This Monday, June 26th at 5 pm State Representative Peggy Flanagan (46A), Cheryl Youakim, Minnesota State Representative (46B) and I will have our second Post-Session Town Hall. This time it will be at Depot Coffee House in Hopkins. Come by and ask questions. These meetings are the best opportunities to connect. See you there! ...

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    To be One Minnesota, we must act like One Minnesota. Hennepin County taxpayers fund transit projects all over the state but the legislature decided this year that we, as Hennepin County taxpayers, will have to go-it-alone on Southwest LRT while still subsidizing the rest of the state. Many are starting to wonder, if this is the case, why doesn't each county around the state simply pay their own costs? I doubt the Greater Minnesota legislators who voted to stick it to Hennepin County would want to foot all of their own bills! I don’t mind paying to help all of Minnesota, but I do mind it when it is all take and no give. It’s time to stop the politically expedient attacks on the top economic and resource-generating county and region of this state. ...

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