NCSL Officers Comment on Resignation of Illinois Senator Hutchinson


Former NCSL President Is Taking Cannabis Oversight Role in Illinois

NCSL press release

Denver—The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) president and vice president issued the following statements after the announcement that Illinois state Senator Toi Hutchinson (D) will resign from her seat. Hutchinson was named by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker as the state’s new cannabis regulation oversight officer. She served as NCSL’s 46th president 2018-2019.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R), NCSL’s president: “Over my involvement with NCSL I have seen firsthand the amazing accomplishments and work of Senator Hutchinson. She has been an outstanding ambassador for our democracy and the important role that states play in it. Over the last four years, we have proven a Bears fan from the Chicago area and a Packers fan from rural Wisconsin can become good friends. While we’ll miss her here at NCSL, we wish her and her family all the best in this new role.”

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki (D), NCSL’s president-elect: “Senator Hutchinson’s energy, expertise and intuition will be missed here at NCSL. I know, however, she will demonstrate this same dedication and energy for the people of Illinois in her new job. Thank you, Toi, for your friendship and your leadership.”


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.