LIMA — The region’s two U.S. House incumbents won re-election easily Tuesday in three-way races for each district.
In the Ohio 4th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan won with 60 percent of the vote counted by press time, and U.S. Rep. Bob Latta won with 59 percent of the vote in the 5th Congressional District.
Jordan, R-Urbana, won over Democrat Jim Slone, of Elyria, and Libertarian Chris Kalla, of Lima. Campaigning in a newly configured district that snaked up into northeastern Ohio, Jordan said he campaigned in each of the district’s counties multiple times.
“We appreciate the support we’ve received and that we get a chance to represent families and taxpayers again,” Jordan said. “The voters understand I’ll still be fighting for the values I care about. What we’re able to get done will depend on who the next president is.”
After this year, Jordan will no longer chair the Republican Study Committee, as rules of the group dictate that a chair can serve only one term. Jordan will continue to serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and chair the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending.
“It’s my favorite committee. Our subcommittee has held more hearings than any other subcommittee of that committee. I enjoy that work. I’ll be there regardless of who wins the presidency,” Jordan said. “We’ll continue our work looking what happened in Benghazi, [Libya]. The hearing we had a few weeks ago, it’s amazing what we learned about what this administration failed to do.”
Latta, R-Bowling Green, won over Democrat Angela Zimmann, of Perrysburg, and Libertarian Eric Eberly, of Bowling Green. Latta said he was gratified to keep serving the district.
“It’s the greatest honor and privilege to be elected by your peers to represent them in Congress,” Latta said. “I look forward to doing the job the way I know how to do it, and listening to the concerns of the people I represent.”
Latta said the lame duck session of Congress has big issues to tackle, including sequestration, automatic cuts that will kick in and have especially harsh consequences for the country’s military; the Bush tax cuts expiring; and passing a farm bill.
Latta, who recently toured the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, said he remains concerned about the Abrams tank program the Obama administration wants to shutter.
“You can’t just shut down a program for two or three years and then start it back up,” Latta said. “What happens to all those people who work there? There’s no place like it in the world.”