Sep 16th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Rep. John OttoState Representative John Otto will discuss the priorities of the 85th legislative session at the Biennial Legislative Communication Conference at The University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 13. Attendance is limited and those wishing to attend should register now at

Otto was named the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee during the 84th legislative session by Speaker Joe Straus. He was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2004. Over the past six sessions, he has served on both the Appropriations Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

A certified public accountant with forty years of experience, Otto has been praised for his sensible approach. He was named one of Texas Monthly Magazine’s ten best legislators from last legislative session for his work on the budget. As chair of appropriations, he also serves on the Legislative Budget Board and the Legislative Audit Committee.

The conference, sponsored since 1998 by the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, Inc., will offer fact-based predictions for the 2017 session. Attendees will hear about the issues statewide elected officials expect to champion, get tips on working successfully with elected leaders in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate and network with government executives.

Speakers are still being scheduled. Confirmed presenters include Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar, State Senator Kirk Watson, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Governor Daniel Hodge, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Lt. Governor Logan Spence, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Speaker of the House Patricia Shipton, Budget Director for the Office of the Lt. Governor Mike Morrissey, Director of Budget and Policy for the Office of the Speaker of the House Andrew Blifford, Legislative Budget Board Director Ursula Parks, Executive Director of the Employees Retirement System of Texas Porter Wilson, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Charles Smith, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Director Whitney Brewster, Texas Monthly Senior Editor Erica Grieder and The Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.

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