Thomas Latham

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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.


Record and controversies

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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


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

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Iowa Select Farms$ 26,000
Bluegrass Cmte$ 15,000
Freedom Project$ 15,000
International Assn of Fire Fighters$ 15,000
Pioneer PAC$ 14,999
FedEx Corp$ 13,000
Norfolk Southern$ 10,000
Nationwide$ 9,600
Honeywell International$ 9,500
Northrop Grumman$ 9,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Thomas Latham
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

  • 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 Thomas Latham. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2217 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5476 Fax: 202-225-3301
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District offices
  • 1421 South Bell Avenue, Suite 108A, Ames, IA 50010
    Ph: 515-232-2885 Fax: (none entered)
  • 812 Highway 18 East, Post Office Box 532, Clear Lake, IA 50428
    Ph: 641-357-5225 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1426 Central Avenue, Suite A, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
    Ph: 515-573-2738 Fax: (none entered)
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See also


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

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