Kay Bailey Hutchison

Born Jul 22, 1943

Kay Bailey Hutchison is a former United States Senator from Texas. She is a member of the Republican Party. In 2001, she was named one of the thirty most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. The first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, Hutchison also became the first Texas U.S. senator to receive more than four million votes in a single election.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on July 22, 1943.


1962 18 Years Old She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962 (age 19). … Read More


1967 23 Years Old 1 More Event
She married her first husband, John Pierce Parks, a medical student, on April 8, 1967 (age 23); they divorced in 1969.
1972 28 Years Old In 1972 (age 29), Hutchison was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from a district in Houston.


She served until 1976.
1978 34 Years Old She married her second husband, Ray Hutchison, in Dallas on March 16, 1978. … Read More


1984 40 Years Old …  In April, the Dallas Morning News reported that Hutchison had repeated her pledge to serve only two terms in the U.S. Senate, if elected, and had also said term limits ought to cover all senators, including Senator Phil Gramm (Republican), who had been elected in 1984 and re-elected in 1990. (He would stay in the Senate until 2002.) The term-limits legislation never passed, and Hutchison has said that she would not leave the Senate in the absence of such legislation, because doing so would unilaterally hurt Texas at the expense of other states in the seniority-driven institution. … Read More
1990 46 Years Old Hutchison was elected Texas State Treasurer in 1990 and served until June 1993 when she ran against Senator Bob Krueger for the right to complete the last two years of Lloyd Bentsen's term. Bentsen had resigned in January 1993 to become Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration. … Read More
Hutchison was the most senior female Republican senator by the end of her tenure, and the fifth most senior female senator, having assumed office in June 1993 behind Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD, 1987), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA, 1992), Barbara Boxer (D-CA, January 1993), and Patty Murray (D-WA, January 1993).


1994 50 Years Old 1 More Event
The case against Hutchison was heard before State District Judge John Onion in February 1994. … Read More
In 2000 she defeated Democrat Gene Kelly, with 4,082,091 (65 percent) to 2,030,315 (32.2 percent). … Read More
2001 57 Years Old 1 More Event
From 2001 to 2007, Hutchison served as Chairwoman of the Senate Republican Conference (caucus), making her the fifth-ranking Republican in the Senate behind Majority Leader Bill Frist, Majority Whip Mitch McConnell and conference chairman Rick Santorum, and Policy Chairman Jon Kyl. … Read More


2005 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, Hutchison voted against prohibiting oil leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and has supported legislation promoting drilling in the refuge in 2002 and 2003.
In FY 2008 and FY 2009, Hutchison sponsored or co-sponsored 281 earmarks totaling almost $500 million. … Read More
2009 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Hutchison announced her intention to resign her Senate post in the autumn of 2009 in order to challenge Texas Governor Perry for the Republican Party nomination. … Read More
2010 66 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 31, 2010, she announced her intention to serve out her third term.
2011 67 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 13, 2011, after some discussion about whether she would change her mind, Hutchison announced she would not seek re-election in 2012.
2012 68 Years Old In 2012, when she was not seeking reelection, Hutchison endorsed the young Hispanic lawyer Jason Villalba, whom described at the time as "the future", for the District 114 seat in the Texas House of Representatives vacated by Republican Will Ford Hartnett. … Read More
2013 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, she joined the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani. … Read More
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