Texas House Member

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Rep. Otto, John

District 18


Capitol Address:

Room E1.504

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0570

(512) 463-0315 Fax

District Address:

P. O. Box 965

Dayton, TX 77535

(936) 258-8135

(936) 258-7190 Fax

Counties Represented:

Liberty, San Jacinto, Walker



State Representative John Otto was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2004 and serves the people of Liberty, San Jacinto and Walker counties.

Representative Otto currently serves as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which develops the budget and sets the state’s fiscal policy. As chair of Appropriations, he also serves on the Legislative Budget Board and the Legislative Audit Committee.

Prior to becoming chairman of Appropriations, Representative Otto served four terms as a member of the committee, most recently as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. He has also served on the state’s budget conference committee for three consecutive sessions.

In 2008, Representative Otto chaired the House Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform and passed a series of property tax reforms as a result of the work of the committee. Representative Otto's work on property tax and appraisal issues earned him the "Legislative Achievement Award" from the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association. He was also named "One of the 10 Best Legislators in Texas" by Texas Monthly.

Representative Otto has received several distinct accolades for his service in the Texas House. In his first term he was named "Republican Freshman of the Year" by members of the Texas House of Representatives, "2005 Freshman of the Year" by the House Republican Caucus, "Most Valuable Freshman" by Capitol Inside, and "Rookie of the Year" by Texas Monthly.

Representative Otto has also received the "Citizen of the Year" award from the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, “Fighter for Free Enterprise” award from the Texas Association of Business and named to the Texas PTA Legislative Honor Role.

Representative Otto is a businessman, community leader, and native of Dayton, Texas. He graduated from Dayton High school in 1966 and received his BBA in accounting at Texas A&M University in May 1970. While at Texas A&M, Representative Otto was a member of the Ross Volunteer Honor Guard, the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and was head drum major his senior year. Honored as a distinguished military graduate, he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and reported to Fort Benjamin Harrison for finance officer training. He served in the Army for eight years on active duty and in the reserves before being honorably discharged.

Representative Otto is a certified public accountant and over his forty year career has worked for audit and tax service firms, owned his own practice, and currently is a director of business development for Ryan, a tax consulting firm.

Representative Otto married his high school sweetheart Nancy Whitman in December 1969 and they are the proud parents and grandparents to son Bryan of College Station and son Jason and his wife Brandee who live in Kyle with their three daughters. They are members of First United Methodist Church of Dayton where they sing in the choir.

Representative Otto has an outstanding record of service to his constituents and plays an active role in his local community. John's civic and community activities include:

Dayton City Council, former member
Dayton ISD Board of Trustees, former member
Liberty County Central Appraisal District, former member of board of directors
Dayton Chamber of Commerce, former member of board of directors
HGAC Transportation Policy Council, former Liberty County Representative
Security State Bank, Dayton Branch, advisory director
Texas Aggie Band Association, Past President
Dayton City Library, co-chair of individual fundraising
Dayton Community Development Corporation, former director

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