Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. She is now serving her seventh term representing the 37th District. She served four terms as the Chair of Human Services prior to her new appointment as the Chair of Homeland Security and State Preparedness. In 2015, she was named Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly.
Ms. Vainieri Huttle has sponsored several landmark laws including the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act, and the Stephen Komninos’ Bill to protect individuals with development disabilities from abuse. She has also led efforts to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and has successfully championed raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 and has been at the forefront of promoting LGBT rights.
Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle is also the Vice Chair of the Labor Committee.
In addition, she is a member of the Tourism Gaming & the Arts Committee, and serves as an ex officio member of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. In 2003, she helped establish the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood.
Since 2012, Ms. Vainieri Huttle has hosted the District 37 Young Women’s Leadership Program aimed at introducing high school students in her district to government and public service.
Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle attended Rider University and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.A. in English. Since 1981, she has served as president and director of Vainieri Funeral Home, a family owned business in North Bergen. She served on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2001 to 2007, and as chair from 2003-2005.
Valerie Vainieri Huttle resides in Englewood with her husband, Mayor Frank Huttle III and has 2 daughters, Alexandra and Francesca.