Howard (Otto) Otto Wachsmann, Jr. (R-SH083)
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Capitol: 804.698.1083
FAX: 804.786.6310
District: 804.469.0872
Representative
Room 704 General Assembly Building 201 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219

District Office:
PO Box 268
Stony Creek, VA 23882
Elected: 2021    Next Election: 2025
Spouse: Judith (Judy Carol Hodge Wachsmann   
Committee Assignments
MemberSubcommittee on Election Administration
MemberSubcommittee on Health
MemberSubcommittee on Communications
MemberHouse Select Committee on Advancing Rural and Small Town Health Care
MemberHouse Committee on Privileges and Elections
MemberHouse Committee on Health and Human Services
MemberHouse Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
Counties Representing
Norfolk City / Virginia Beach City

Bio

Otto Wachsmann is a proven fighter and community leader who's dedicated his career to serving Southside families. As a father, pharmacist, volunteer fireman, experienced business owner, and now Delegate, Otto has fought for rural Virginia and delivered results that improve our community for future generations. Otto grew up in Sussex County where he spent his childhood working at his family's pharmacy in Stony Creek and summers on his grandfather's farm. After spending countless hours helping his father at the pharmacy, Otto decided to follow in his footsteps and pursue a degree in pharmacy. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia-VCU School of Pharmacy in 1986 and immediately started working as a staff pharmacist for Peoples Drug in Richmond but returned as soon as he could and transferred to their Emporia location. It wasn't long before he left corporate pharmacy and began a career working for a collection of independent pharmacies in Sussex, Petersburg, and Prince George.

In 1989 Otto took a position at the A.H. Robins Company in Richmond as their first Manager of Managed Health Care and later as their Manager of New Product Planning. Although he only spent a year with A.H. Robins, it provided him with an inside view on how prescription drugs are priced, marketed and rebated with the insurance industry.

Following a brief return to community practice once Robins merged with American Home Products, Otto joined the faculty and was named Director of Experiential Education at the newly created Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University. While working at Shenandoah, Otto earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and served as President of the Virginia Pharmacists Association.

In 2003, Otto returned home and purchased his father's pharmacy to continue the family tradition of serving the community until 2021. He was a member of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Department for 16 years and is a current member of the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club. Otto and his wife Judy raised their two daughters and are now grandparents to two wonderful grandchildren. Over the years, Otto has helped thousands of Southside families and has seen firsthand how the loss of jobs and opportunity in the region has negatively impacted the local community. As our Delegate since 2022, Otto has worked to bring more resources into our community so the 83rd District is the best place to work, live, and raise a family. He currently serves on the Privileges and Elections Committee, Counties, Cities, and Town Committee, and the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee. During his first session, Otto was named one of the most effective legislators in Richmond.