Meet Bill Otto
Bill Otto is a retired air traffic controller with a strong record of public and community service. Bill has been a Boy Scout leader, a Bible School teacher at Arlington Methodist Church, a youth coach at St. Lawrence Catholic Church and a house father in a boys home. He has served as a City Council member in Bridgeton, then as a Representative to the Missouri State Legislature (District 70) for a diverse area that includes portions of St. Louis and St. Charles counties since elected in 2012.
Bill was born on New Year’s Day in 1956. He has overcome many personal challenges, beginning at age 15 when his mother died and he was sent to a boys home. Bill was provided food and shelter until he was 17, when state law forced him to leave. He was put out on the streets — homeless at 17.
Bill overcame these challenges with the help of teachers and mentors and went on to receive his GED, go to college and join the U.S. Navy. Bill especially credits the help he received from inspiring Navy officers who taught him how to be successful.
In 1983, he received an honorable discharge from the United States Navy.
He and his wife Kathy have been married for over 20 years and raised two sons and three daughters in Bridgeton.
Bill is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. His love of music can be seen through his vinyl record collection and the guitar that he occasionally will strum.