Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson (’14), recently became the 46th president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Hutchinson, a Democrat, succeeds Republican Senator Deb Peters of South Dakota. NCSL, a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff throughout the country, alternates its leadership annually between the two parties.
“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 represented District 40 in the Illinois Senate since 2009 and currently serves 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.