Boston – Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Ill.) has become president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization serving the nation’s 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff, at the annual Legislative Summit in Boston.
Hutchinson, the current NCSL vice president, succeeds Deb Peters (R), state senator from South Dakota, who will become NCSL president. NCSL alternates leadership between the two parties each year. Hutchinson will be named NCSL president at the 2018 Legislative Summit.
“I am honored to be named president of such a distinguished organization that works to provide valuable information and resources to legislators and staff across the country,” Hutchinson said. “More than ever, as rapid changes to our economy and society accelerate, policy makers must be continuously informed and able to respond to the needs of our communities and our residents. I am proud of NCSL’s role in ensuring legislators have the tools necessary to become better leaders and I look forward to continuing working with such a talented and dedicated organization.”
Hutchinson has served in the Illinois Senate since 2009 and currently serves as chairwoman of the Senate Revenue Committee.
As chairwoman of the Senate Revenue Committee, Hutchinson introduced legislation to close corporate tax loopholes, and passed legislation increasing the earned income tax credit as well as the standard tax exemption.
As a senator, Hutchinson has placed a high priority on working to modernize Illinois’ tax structure, protecting women and children from violence and exploitation, and supporting construction projects that create jobs while also maintaining Illinois’ position as an international transportation hub.
A mother of three, Hutchinson lives with her family in Chicago’s South Suburbs.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.