Born near Midland City, Alabama (Dale County)
Educated in public schools and graduated from Dale County High School in Ozark, Alabama.
Served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class aboard heavy cruiser USS Bremerton.
Attended Troy State University on the GI Bill and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business-English-Education in 1949. Did announcing for radio station WTBF while in college. Received Honorary Doctor of Law degree from TSU in 1983.
Taught business subjects at Cottonwood (Alabama) High School for two years.
Did graduate work in broadcasting at Northwestern University and NBC Chicago.
Worked as Program Director, Sports Director, and Announcer for WDIG in Dothan, Alabama for three years.
First television job was as Sports Director and Announcer for WEAR-TV, Pensacola for six years.
Was founder, president, and majority stockholder of WPEX-FM in Pensacola (now WMEZ).
Served as Sports Director of WSFA-TV in Montgomery, Alabama and did Auburn football statewide telecast with Coach Shug Jordan in the early sixties.
Served as Sports Director and State News Editor of WJHG-TV in Panama City, Florida.
Owned and operated the Earl Hutto Advertising Agency.
Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1972 and served three terms.
After six years in the Florida Legislature was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1978, and served eight terms (16 years) until retirement January 3, 1995.
Committee assignments were the Armed Services Committee and the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. Was Chairman of the Technology Transfer Panel to deal with slippage of technology to the former Soviet Union. Was appointed to chair the Special Operations Forces Panel that led to legislation creating the U.S. Special Operations Command. In the 100th Congress was elected Chairman of the Coast Guard and Navigation Subcommittee. Congressman Hutto served as Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee during the 101st, 102nd, and 103rd Congresses (six years) until his retirement.
Awards include: Legislator of the Year by the Florida Association of Retarded Citizens; Legislator of the Year by the Florida Community College Association; Legislator of the Year by the Sunshine State Association of the Blind; During his time in Congress received Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business in '86, '88, '90, '92 and '94; Received Watchdog of the Treasury Awards for six straight Congresses; Spirit of Enterprise Leadership Award presented by the American Security Council; Distinguished Service Award of U.S. Navy League in 1988; Life Values Award, American Coalition for Life 1988; Nathan Hale Award, Florida Reserve Association 1988; Alumnus of the Year Award, Troy State University 1980; Eagle of Freedom Award, American Security Council 1982-94; Legislative Award, National Association of Boating Law Administrators in 1988; Friend of the Family, Christian Coalition 1992; Along with Minority Leader Bob Michael received American Security Council's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994; was first recipient of Earl Hutto Award for Most Significant Contributions to Air Force Special Operations Command in 1994; American Defense Preparedness Association's Lynn Rylander Award for Distinguished Service to Special Operations Forces in 1994; American Logistics Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1994; National Guard Association of the U.S. Charles Dick Medal of Merit 1994.
Wrote Captain Supreme Goes to Washington an autobiography (1997).
Hutto, a Baptist, is married to the former Nancy Myers, of Oviedo, Florida. They have two daughters, Lori Hutto and Amy Stubblefield (married to Marty Stubblefield) and two granddaughters, Ellie and Abbie.