Henning Otte

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Henning Otte
Henning Otte.jpg
Member of the Bundestag
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1968-10-27) 27 October 1968 (age 48)
Celle, Lower Saxony, West Germany
(now Germany)
Citizenship German
Nationality Germany
Political party CDU
Children 4
Alma mater University of Hamburg

Henning Otte (born 1968) is a German politician and member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU).

Life and career[edit]

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.

Henning Otte is protestant, married and a father of four.[1]

Political career[edit]

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.

Since 1996 Otte has been a town councillor (Stadtrat) for Bergen, a parish councillor (Ortsrat) for Eversen and a member of the district council (Kreistag) for the district or county of Celle. He is currently the deputy head of the district authority (Landrat) for the district of Celle.

Member of Parliament, 2005–present[edit]

In the 2005 elections, Otte 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.

Otte is a member of the Defence Committee and deputy member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is currently the CDU/CSU defence policy spokesman in the Bundestag. Between 2009 and 2013, he was also part of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the Baltic States as well as of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South America. In the negotiations to form a coalition government following the 2013 federal elections, he was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on foreign affairs, defense policy and development cooperation, led by Thomas de Maizière and Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

In his capacity as member of the Defence Committee, Otte has traveled extensively to visit Bundeswehr troops on their missions abroad, including in Kabul (2012), Mazar-i-Sharif (2012, 2013) and Gao (2016) and at the Incirlik Air Base (2016). In 2015, he accompanied German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen to meetings with King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia, among others.[2]

Other activities[edit]

  • German Association for Defence Technology (DWT), Deputy Chairman
  • Association of the German Army (FKH), Member of the Presidium
  • Soldiers and Veterans Foundation (SVS), Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Saint Barbara Foundation for Land Mine Victims, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Celle General Hospital (AKH), Deputy Member of the Supervisory Board

External links[edit]


  1. ^ www.henning-otte.de.
  2. ^ Bundesministerin von der Leyen trifft König Abdullah II. press release of January 11, 2015, German Embassy to Jordan, Amman.