Hinton is a graduate of Alabama A&M University was was employed as a disability examiner for the State of Alabama.
Hinton was first elected to the Birmingham City Council as a two-year at-large candidate in the 1987 election. She ran to represent District 7 in the 1989 race which was the first held under the districting ordinance. She was re-elected in 1993 and subsequently named President Pro Tempore. Sandra Little succeeded her after the 1997 election.