Life and career
Otte was born on 27 October 1968 in Celle, Lower Saxony. After taking his A levels (Abitur) in the Christian Gymnasium in Hermannsburg Otte did his military service as a short service volunteer with the Bundeswehr and also underwent training as a reserve officer. Subsequently he passed his training as a banker with Sparkasse Celle before studying law at the University of Hamburg. Otte was last employed as a company lawyer (Prokurist) in a medium-sized steel construction firm.
Otte joined the CDU in 1994 and has belonged since 1999 to the board of the CDU district association in Celle. Since 2006 he has been a member of the board of the European People's Party (EVP) and since 2007 deputy chairman of the CDU District Association of Northeast Lower Saxony.
Member of parliament
In 2005 he became a member of parliament in the German Bundestag, where he is on the state list for Lower Saxony. In 2009 he was given the direct mandate for the constituency of Celle – Uelzen with 44.2% of first votes, defeating Kirsten Lühmann of the Social Democratic Party who has since entered the Bundestag on the Lower Saxon state list.
He is a fellow of the Defence Committee and deputy member of the committees for foreign affairs. He is currently the CDU/CSU defence policy spokesman in the Bundestag.
Otte is the deputy head of the district authority (Landrat) for the district of Celle.
- Henning Otte website (German)
- Parliamentary biography (German)
- Biography at the CDU/CSU Bundestag party site (German)