Nita Rusich Hutter to run for Senate

Nita Rusich Hutter to run for Senate
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:20pm

State Rep. Nita Rusich Hutter has announced her candidacy for Senate from District 1.

Hutter, a Republican, has served three terms in the House of Representatives from District 104, and was the first woman to serve in this district. Prior to her service in Baton Rouge, Hutter served on the St. Bernard Parish Council, the first woman to be elected to a Council seat in her home parish.

Hutter, 61, graduated from Loyola University in 1974 with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, and worked as a public high school teacher in St. Bernard Parish for 15 years. Early in her career, Hutter pursued a Master's degree at Tulane University, graduating with dual certification in Guidance/Counseling and Administration. For the past 20 years she has been employed as an administrator in higher education at Delgado Community College.

Hutter is the current Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and has brought millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements to her district. She previously served on Committee on Health and Welfare, and is a member of the 2006 Council of State Government Toll Fellowship program. She serves on the House Special Committee on Coastal Restoration and Flood Control, House Special Committee on Disaster Planning - Plaquemines and St. Bernard Subcommittee, and the House Special Committee on Disaster Planning, Crisis Management, Recovery & Long Term Revitalization. In July, 2006 Representative Hutter was elected Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus and was re-elected to that position for five consecutive terms.

In 2010, the Alliance for Good Government named her Legislator of the Year for St. Bernard Parish. In October 2010 she was honored as the Woman of the Year by the St. Bernard Business and Professional Women's Club.

Among her most influential legislation was Act 521 of the 2010 Legislative Session, which ensured that students enrolled in public colleges and universities will have equalized tuition rates and easier transfers of course credits between Louisiana's publicly-funded schools.

She is the founder of the Art in April Festival. She previously served as a board member of the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame and former governing board member of Chalmette Medical Center.

Hutter has one son, Jason Hutter.

"Legislation I have authored has reformed our higher education system, strengthened our ports, improved our healthcare and enhanced our quality of life," Hutter said. "A district that includes both north- and southshore parishes with urban, suburban and rural communities requires a senator who is forward-thinking, open to a diversity of issues and needs, with a record of legislative success.

"I look forward to meeting the voters in this newly redrawn district and to strengthening my ties with the citizens I've had the honor to represent in Baton Rouge for the last 12 years."

Hutter's website is under development, but voters can sign up for email alerts at www.NitaHutter.com and can also find her on Facebook at "Nita Hutter for Senate (District 1)".

Senate District 1 includes all of Plaquemines Parish, large portions of St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes, and part of Orleans Parish.

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