John Otto – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Representative District 18, Texas

Republican Party of Texas
PO Box 965Dayton, TX 77535
(936) 258-7575
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

John and his high school sweetheart, Nancy Whitman, were married in December 1969. They have two sons and three granddaughters.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

John is a certified public accountant and began his career on the audit staff of KPMG in Houston until 1975 when he and his wife Nancy returned to Dayton to start John’s CPA business. Today he serves as a director for business development of Ryan, the leading tax services firm in North America.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Dayton City Council – former councilman

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 Individual Fundraising

Dayton Community Development Corporation – Former Director

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

He was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2004. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is chairman of the Subcommittee on Education. He also serves as vice-chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

In 2008, John chaired the House Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

United Methodist Church of Dayton where they both sing in the choir. John currently serves as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of his church.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

In 2005 he was named "Republican Freshman of the Year" by members of the Texas House of Representatives, "2005 Freshman of the Year Award"by members of the House Republican Caucus, "Most Valuable Freshman" by editors of Capitol Inside and "Rookie of the Year" by Texas Monthly.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

John attended Texas A&M University where he received his BBA in Accounting in 1970.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)

While at Texas A&M University, John was a member of the Ross Volunteer Honor Guard, the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and was head drum major his senior year. A distinguished military graduate, he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army upon graduation and reported to Fort Benjamin Harrison for finance officer training.

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