John Otto

John Otto

Full Name: John Clifford Otto
Date of birth: October 14, 1948
Date of death: August 1, 2020

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 18 Jan 13, 2015 - Jan 10, 2017 84th   Republican Dayton / Liberty   Liberty, San Jacinto, Walker
H 18 Jan 8, 2013 - Jan 13, 2015 83rd   Republican Dayton / Liberty   Liberty, San Jacinto, Walker
H 18 Jan 11, 2011 - Jan 8, 2013 82nd   Republican Dayton / Liberty   Liberty, Montgomery, Polk
H 18 Jan 13, 2009 - Jan 11, 2011 81st   Republican Dayton / Liberty   Liberty, Montgomery, Polk
H 18 Jan 9, 2007 - Jan 13, 2009 80th   Republican Dayton / Liberty   Liberty, Montgomery, Polk
H 18 Jan 11, 2005 - Jan 9, 2007 79th   Republican Dayton / Liberty   Liberty, Montgomery, Polk

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, obituary, "Honoring the Life and Service of Former Texas State Representative John Clifford Otto," speech by Hon. Brian Babin of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, Friday, 8/7/2020. Extensions of Remarks, 8/7/2020, p. E736-E737. Congressional Record.
  • Biographical sketch, 84th Legislature. Texas House of Representatives.

Military Service Notes

  • United States Army, Second Lieutenant. Biographical sketch, 84th Legislature: "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." Texas House of Representatives. Texas House of Representatives

Other Resources

  • Armando Martinez chosen Freshman of the Year (Democrat) and John Otto chosen Freshman of the Year (Republican), 79th Legislature, "Lawmaker Named Freshman of the Year," 5/26/2005. McAllen Monitor.
  • Notice of death, 8/4/2020 (updated), 8/1/2020. Speaker of the House.
  • Otto, John C. Texas State Cemetery.

Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators

  • Named one of 'The Best.' Best and Worst Legislators 2015.
  • Named one of 'The Best.' Best and Worst Legislators 2009.
  • Named one of the 'Rookies of the Year.' Best and Worst Legislators 2005.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

84th R.S. - 2015
Appropriations (Chair) 
Partnership Advisory Commission  
83rd R.S. - 2013
Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III (Public and Higher Education) (Chair) 
Economic Stabilization Fund Balance, Select  
Fiscal Impact of Texas Border Support Operations, Select  
Ways and Means (Vice Chair) 
82nd R.S. - 2011
Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles I, IV, and V (General Government, the Judiciary, and Criminal Justice and Public Safety) (Chair) 
General Revenue Dedicated Accounts, Interim (Co-Chair) 
Ways and Means (Vice Chair) 
81st R.S. - 2009
Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Chair) 
Appropriations Subcommittee on Hurricane  
Fiscal Stability, Select (Chair) 
Ways and Means (Vice Chair) 
80th R.S. - 2007
Appropriations Subcommittee on Education  
Higher and Public Education Finance, Select  
Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform, Select (Chair) 
Ways and Means (Chair - Budget & Oversight) 
79th R.S. - 2005
County Affairs (Vice Chair)  
Government Reform (Vice Chair) 
Property Tax Relief, Select  
Rules and Resolutions  

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