Republican Latham Wins in 4th District

U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, addresses a crowd while fellow representatives Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, left, and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, wait for their turn to answer during a question and answer session at the 2010 Iowa Wind Energy Association's Annual Meeting and Conference at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus Wednesday, April 7, 2010, in Ames, Iowa. The theme of the conference is 'Harnessing the Power of the Plains. (AP Photo/Ames Tribune, Ronnie Miller)

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Fourth District Republican Rep. Tom Latham has won to a ninth term in the U.S. House, defeating retired educator Bill Maske.

Latham was first elected to Congress in 1994, representing a sprawling district that includes much of north Iowa. Since that first election, he hasn't been seriously challenged.

Latham has argued he's positioned well within Republican circles to be a force should the GOP take control of the House.

Maske is a veteran Democratic activist who was making his first run for Congress. He had a 34-year career as an educator in a series of Iowa school districts before retiring. At one point he taught at American University in Tehran.

Before being elected to Congress, Latham worked in his family's seed corn business.

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