Room E2.706, Capitol Extension
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0315 Fax
P. O. Box 965
Dayton, TX 77535
(936) 258-7190 Fax
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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.
In the 82nd Legislative Session, Representative Otto was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, served as chair of the General Government, Judiciary and Criminal Justice subcommittee and was one of five conferees to the state budget conference committee.
Representative Otto also serves as vice chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, vice chair of the Budget and Revenue Committee for the National Conference of State Legislators and is a member of the Energy Council.
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, "Law and Order" award from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and the "Leadership Award" from the Texas Veterans Commission.
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. 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: