Gary Latanich (D-AR)
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Gary Latanich 2012 Congressional Candidate Arkansas District 1
Biography of Gary Latanich from Gary Latanich for Congress
Gary was born the oldest of five children to a working class family, he learned the values of hard work, faith, and commitment to family at a young age.
After graduating high school in 1966, Gary enlisted in the Air Force and was deployed to Vietnam during the height of the conflict. After four years in the Air Force, Gary returned home and married his wife, Rose Mary, after meeting her at an Air Force dance in Omaha, Nebraska. With memories of an economic history class taken while in the Air Force and financial aid from the GI Bill, Gary enrolled in college.
In 1978, Gary graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Nebraska. He moved to Jonesboro in 1981 and began his career at Arkansas State University. Applying the values of hard work and commitment to his ASU family, Gary worked his way up at Arkansas State, serving 11 years as the Assistant Dean and director of the Master of Business Administration degree program. Together, Gary and Rose Mary have raised their five children in Jonesboro. Gary has been active in his Catholic faith, including a long stint as the teacher for the Confirmation classes.
As a lifelong true-blue Democrat, serving in office has always been on Gary’s mind. He worked on (then Governor) President Clinton’s Economic Advisory Board. He was President of the Missouri Valley Economic Association and more recently was the Contributing Economics Editor for the Jonesboro Sun. Now with commitments to his family met, Gary Latanich is again interested in serving his community.
Gary realizes that being a Democrat is about more than just talking about “tough choices.” Being a Democrat is standing up for Democratic values, working toward economic solutions that work. Gary realizes that a better economy isn’t just for working families, but something that will benefit all Arkansans, from the small business owner looking to expand, to the family farmer looking for more efficient means of getting products to market, to the manufacturer looking to build its next factory, to the college student looking to start their career.
Gary understands a focus on education is necessary if Arkansans are to compete, not just with neighboring states but countries like India, China and Brazil. And lastly, Gary Latanich believes that effective government isn’t just finger pointing and bickering. It’s demonstrating the knowledge and the desire to craft solutions to pressing problems – that you have the ability to bring people together and work for Arkansas and America.
Gary Latanich is ready to work for Arkansas.