Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. She is now serving her sixth term representing the 37th District. She served on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2001 to 2007, and was selected to serve as chair in 2003 and 2004. 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 end of the Return Home New Jersey program to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are not forced to leave facilities where they are receiving the proper care. She also sponsored legislation establishing the Department of Children and Families, civil unions, autism awareness, raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21, the posting of legislative voting records on the Legislature’s website, and a one-stop web portal for non-profit organizations.
Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle is a leader in efforts to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She is a member of the joint Select Committee on Investigation and she is sponsoring bistate, bipartisan legislation, the PANYNJ Transparency and Accountability Act, to bring much-needed oversight to the PANYNJ.
Ms. Vainieri Huttle is serving her fourth term as the Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee. She has led the Human Services Committee on a tour of all of the State’s developmental centers and psychiatric facilities in an effort to enhance the Committee’s understanding of New Jersey’s complex human services system, and sponsored several measures to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, including laws to create a registry of offenders who abuse persons with special needs and to eliminate the word “retarded” from state statutes.
Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle is a member of the Tourism Gaming & the Arts Committee, the Transportation & Independent Authorities 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. In 2012, Ms. Vainieri Huttle started the District 37 Young Women’s Leadership Program to introduce high school students in her district to government and public service.
Ms. 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.
Valerie Vainieri Huttle resides in Englewood with her husband, Mayor Frank Huttle III and has 2 daughters, Alexandra and Francesca.