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.

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 to Moms Demand Action for rallying the many, many supporters across our great state. Those in attendance today reflect the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans who support gun violence protection orders and criminal background checks. This is a systemic issue that touches nearly every person within our communities, and we must do everything in our power to protect our loved ones from gun violence. We must pass legislation now, or we must vote in new legislators who will pass these laws. ...

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    Last Friday, I again asked Sen. Warren Limmer, chairman of the Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy committee, if the Senate Republican leadership was going to allow a hearing on legislation related to gun violence prevention. During this committee hearing, Sen. Limmer suggested there may be an informational hearing to “have a better airing out of all the proposals, but not rush into anything out of an emotional appeal.” I again asked yesterday, almost a week later and there is still no indication whether any gun violence prevention bills will be given a public hearing. I introduced my criminal background check and gun violence prevention order bills over one year ago. Now, as we approach this year’s second deadline tomorrow and begin our weeklong legislative Easter/Passover break in a few days, Senate Republicans continue to stonewall. Their leadership believes there are simply too many other issues that need legislative attention. I do believe there are many important and pressing matters that require our attention, but gun violence prevention must be among the highest of priorities. It’s simple, now six weeks after the Parkland deaths, months after the Las Vegas massacre, years after young children died at Sandy Hook, decades after teenagers perished at Columbine, that we must come together and enact change. Our children want more than an informational hearing. Our children demand change now. ...

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