State Representative

John Otto's Record

Texans deserve better than politicians who campaign as conservatives at home, but legislate like liberals in Austin. They deserve to know the true record of their elected officials!

John Otto's record as a State Legislator

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Legislative Ratings


Four noteworthy examples from the Fiscal Responsibility Index of John Otto’s failing record from the 83rd Legislative Session:

John Otto

  • Voted to increase legislators' pensions

    (SB1 House-Senate conference report, RV1336)

  • Put administrators ahead of students

    (SB1, Amendment 95, RV169)

  • Put arts programs ahead of firefighters

    (SB1, Amendment 20, RV175)

  • Funded corporate welfare programs

    (SB1, Amendment 27, RV158)

Click here for more information about the Fiscal Responsibility Index.

House District 18 is in one of the most conservative areas of the state, but John Otto has failed to deliver conservative representation in Austin.

As a member of the House Appropriations committee, Otto voted for a bill that sought to increase motor vehicle registration fees by $30 per year. The bill was only defeated after the governor threatened to veto what amounted to a tax increase on Texans.

But Otto’s love of tax increases didn't stop there. At the behest of big business, Otto authored and carried a tax increase on small manufacturers designed to squelch competition.

A 2013 study by Rice University found that John Otto was the seventh-lowest ranked Republican in the Texas House. That should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his voting record.

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