Early every morning, Rebecca grabs a mug of coffee and heads out to the barn to feed the animals and shovel manure. She says it's where she does some of her best thinking.
On the way back she checks the wind generator and solar panels, then heads in to work at the capitol.
At the office she digs in, overseeing tens of billions of our tax dollars and bringing people together to solve complex problems.
She takes tough stands based on the evidence to protect the best interests of Minnesotans, even if it means being the first to take a stand.
She lives her life by Minnesota values: you care about everyone, you do what's right, and you persist until you solve the problem.
She's running to be our next Governor.
After spending summers in the Boundary Waters as a teenager, Rebecca adopted Minnesota as her home state and studied science at Macalester College, where she met her husband Shawn.
The couple founded and built a 50-employee business which Rebecca ran. She later earned a Masters of Education from the U of M and taught public school science for five years, then left to be home with their son.
In 1995, concerned about what the scientific evidence was showing about climate change, the couple designed and built a renewable energy home with their own hands in rural May Township. I has been toured by more than ten thousand people.
After their son entered public school, Rebecca turned her focus to community service. She served on a school district finance committee, then chaired a successful school levy campaign and was elected to school board in the conservative Forest Lake area.
Rebecca was then elected a DFL state representative in the same year Michele Bachmann took office as the district’s Republican senator. She was named "new legislator of the year."
In 2004, she hosted a famous "One Minnesota" get-together, bringing Arne Carlson and Walter Mondale together for the first time on her farm.
That same year, she was the first person to bring DFL and Republican state finance leaders together for an honest discussion about the state budget.
In 2006 she was elected State Auditor after unseating a Republican incumbent in the largest upset in 112 years, and in 2013 was named President of the National State Auditors Association.
Since launching her campaign for Governor, Rebecca has been listening to Minnesotans all across the state, and will be incorporating their views into her policy platform.
A Record of Courageous and Caring Leadership
"Otto’s capable job ensuring that billions of taxpayer dollars are appropriately and prudently spent has been recognized nationally. She was elected president of the National State Auditors Association in 2013. In 2014 she was named one of the 15 most-influential professionals in government auditing in America."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Rebecca Otto is a nationally respected leader who looks at the evidence and stands up for what’s right—even if she's the first to take a stand.
- The only Constitutional Officer on the Executive Council to vote against copper-nickel mining leases until we require strong financial assurances to protect Minnesota taxpayers from clean up costs.
- A fighter who has stood up time and again for the people and against
attempts to run roughshod over the constitution, to privatize government, and to turn everything over to corporations.
- A leader who is willing to take on difficult issues and will go to the mat to protect the equal rights of all Minnesotans without sacrificing her positions for political expediency.
- A State Auditor known for doing her work without fear or favor, who doesn’t tell people what they want to hear, but what they need to know.
- A past president of the National State Auditors Association who is internationally known for her work, and who teaches leaders from other countries how to fight corruption.
The Strongest Candidate for Governor
REBECCA OTTO HAS CARRIED MINNESOTA THREE TIMES. SHE'LL DO IT AGAIN IN 2018.
In the must-win 2018 election, we need a candidate who will bring new innovation and new solutions, someone with a strong track record of winning tough statewide races by standing up for what's right.
- Rebecca defeated a high-profile Republican incumbent to become State Auditor in 2006, in one of the largest upsets in Minnesota history, for a traditionally Republican seat.
Rebecca’s base turns out big when the going gets tough. She easily defeated a self-financed challenger in the 2014 primary by 81% to 19%, even though he outspent her 4:1, with broad support across all demographics.
- The State Auditor’s Office is a strong platform for winning the Governor’s Office. In the recent past, two State Auditors have become Governor: Arne Carlson and Mark Dayton.
- Rebecca appeals statewide because she bridges metro and rural Minnesota. She lives on a farm in a township on the edge of the metro. Minnesota Farmfest is held on her husband’s great aunt and uncle’s farm.
A Proven Statewide Winner
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, REBECCA OTTO GETS GOING.
- Though warned it would cost her re-election, Rebecca Otto took a strong stand to protect taxpayers from copper mining cleanup costs. Afterward, she exceeded Congressman Nolan’s margin of victory in every county on the Iron Range and across the eighth congressional district.
- Rebecca Otto exceeded Governor Dayton’s margin of victory in every congressional district in Minnesota.
- Rebecca Otto has outperformed the margins of every governor candidate she’s been on the ballot with, DFL or Republican, outperforming in urban, suburban, and rural areas.