John Otto

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John Otto
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Texas House of Representatives, District 18
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Otto is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Otto received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University, and works as a Certified Public Accountant.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Otto served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Ways & Means, Vice-chair

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Otto served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 1367 - Relating to the powers and duties of the Liberty Lakes Fresh Water Supply District No. 1; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting the power of eminent domain.
  • HB 1368 - Relating to the powers and duties of the Plum Creek Fresh Water Supply District No. 1; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting the power of eminent domain.
  • HB 2978 - Relating to the creation of alternative fuel programs to be funded by the Texas emissions reduction plan fund.
  • HB 4802 - Relating to the creation of the Liberty County Municipal Utility District No. 6; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent John Otto defeated Terry Holcomb in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Otto ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 18. Otto defeated Dwayne Stovall in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Otto Incumbent 67% 9,485
Dwayne Stovall 33% 4,677
Total Votes 14,162

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Otto ran for re-election to the 18th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. He defeated Rhys Blavier (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 18
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Otto (R) 26,862 89.56%
Rhys Blaiver (L) 3,128 10.43%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Otto won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 18th District, defeating Arlan Foster (D). Otto received 32,465 votes in the election while Foster received 14,901 votes.[6] Otto raised $234,845 for his campaign; Foster raised $14,498.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 18
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Otto (R) 32,465 68.54%
Arlan Foster (D) 14,901 31.45%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Otto is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Otto raised a total of $1,141,966 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[8]

John Otto's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 18 Won $384,416
2010 Texas State House, District 18 Won $244,276
2008 Texas State House, District 18 Won $234,845
2006 Texas State House, District 18 Won $161,445
2004 Texas State House, District 18 Won $116,984
Grand Total Raised $1,141,966

2012

Otto won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Otto raised a total of $384,416.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Otto's campaign in 2012
Texas Association Of Realtors$23,082
Union Pacific Corp Fund For Effective Government$10,000
Ryan & Co$10,000
Bank Of America$10,000
Texas Association Of Property Tax Professionals$9,000
Total Raised in 2012$384,416
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Otto won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Otto raised a total of $244,276.

2008

Otto won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Otto raised a total of $234,845.

2006

Otto won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Otto raised a total of $161,445.

2004

Otto won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Otto raised a total of $116,984.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[9] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[10]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[10]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Otto received a score of 35.5 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C+ that Otto received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

John Otto received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Otto is a certified public accountant, receiving his degree from Texas A & M University. He is a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition and lives in Dayton with his wife Nancy.

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Texas House District 18
2005–present
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