About Ernie

“I want to thank the voter’s of District 6 for giving me the opportunity to serve as your State Senator for the past 8 years.  I am truly humbled by your overwhelming support,” said Otten, a life-long resident of District 6. “Now I want to continue to serve you as one of your two SD House Representatives.”

The Otten family settled in Tea in 1881. Otten and his wife Betty raised their two sons there, and both sons are now married and raising their families in South Dakota.

“This is one of the finest places on earth to raise a family and pursue the American dream,” Otten said.

Otten runs in support of limited government, focusing on growing jobs, protecting family values, defending the 2nd Amendment and supporting the community.

“We must promote real economic development by keeping taxes low and reducing government over-regulation,” Otten said.  “South Dakotans expect small, responsible and open government.  That’s what I ran on, and that’s what I work hard for in Pierre.”

Otten has over 45 years of small business experience, both as an employee and as a business owner.  He has been active in the home building industry since 1975 and is an associate member of the Remodeling Council and the Homebuilders Association.

Otten is active in the community where he and his wife Betty attend Abiding Savior Lutheran Church and support the Alpha Center, Bethany Christian Center, Mission Haiti and World Vision.  Ernie spent many years ministering to inmates at the local prison and also serves as a Precinct Committeeman with the Lincoln County Republican Party.

“As a small-businessman, I’ve seen firsthand the serious problems caused by big-government policies like ObamaCare,” Otten said.  “We must also stand firm for strong family values and the right to life. South Dakota enjoys a proud heritage of hunting and responsible firearms ownership.  I will continue to stand up for citizen self-defense and to preserve the 2nd Amendment. I’ve worked very hard since first elected, and am very proud, to have made South Dakota the 14th state to allow Constitutional Carry!”

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