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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    Many memorable events took place here. Looking forward to seeing the new and improved Brookview! ...

    The old Brookview Community Center went out with a screech and a crunch to make room for phase two of the new Brookview project. Grand opening is set for Dec 1!

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    Saddened and dismayed by what occurred in Las Vegas last night. The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. We must do better as a society to make sure that guns do not end up in the hands of those who pose a threat to us. I will continue to push for gun safety reforms at the State Capitol and the NRA will continue to oppose and scare the public because they place profit before people. Until those in power fear gun safety advocates and not NRA propaganda, they’ll continue to offer only hollow sympathy and prayers. ...

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    This Monday, July 31st from 6:00 to 7:00 pm Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) Commissioner Myron Frans will launch the statewide tour of "My Minnesota" at the Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park!

    As Commissioner of MMB, Myron Frans is the chief financial officer, chief accounting officer, state controller, and head of human resource and employee insurance for over 50,000 employees. He is a very knowledgeable and active advisor to the executive branch on all matters related to the state budget.

    We are proud that "My Minnesota" is starting in our own backyard! It will be an excellent chance for Minnesotans to hear from the Commissioner, local and state leaders about how the state budget impacts local communities. Discussion will be about fostering partnerships with local governments and the value of these relationships.

    Those joining will be St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, State Representative Peggy Flanagan, Cheryl Youakim, Minnesota State Representative, Secretary of State Steve Simon!

    This is a great opportunity to meet with local elected officials, share your thoughts on state issues, and enjoy a Summer evening in the park.

    See you there!

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