Kay Bailey Hutchison
American politician
Kay Bailey Hutchison
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.
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Marlo Thomas: The Women Who Saved the Country
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
There's an old saying I learned during the early days of the feminist movement about women working together toward a common goal: "One is a pest, two is a team, three is a coalition." I've always liked that comment because it speaks directly to what I believe most deeply about women: that there's safety -- and power -- in numbers. This solidarity was on full display during the final days of the government shutdown. As the New York Times first reported on October 14, the stubborn logjam was finally broken when a group of women Senators decided enough was enough and spearheaded the compromise that got the ball rolling. Those women were, among others: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D, MD), Sen. Susan Collins (R, ME), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D, MO), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R, AK), Sen. Patty Murray (D, WA) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R, NH), So how did the minority gender of the U.S. Senate -- 20 out of 100 senators -- manage to knock some sense into the heads of their more obstructionist male ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Ted Cruz Patriotically Costs Country $24 Billion
Huffington Post - over 3 years
John Boehner threw in the towel, which is fine, because the congressional gym will have extras when the government reopens tomorrow. Federal employees won't be told when exactly they can return, but the glut of Facebook posts about the Panda Cam should do the trick. And NSA Director Keith Alexander will step down. You can wish him well simply by saying so the next time you write anyone an email. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, October 16th, 2013: FISCAL DEAL FINALIZED, WILL LIKELY BE APPROVED TONIGHT - Somewhere John Boehner is doing his best impression of that "Sideways" scene when Paul Giamatti dumps the spittoon of discarded wine into his mouth. Times: Congressional Republican leaders conceded defeat Wednesday in their budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law, agreeing to support a reopening of the government and a lifting of the nation's borrowing authority in exchange for future budget negotiations. Speaker John A. Boehner, the leader of conservative H ...
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Houston newspaper says it didn't 'un-endorse' Ted Cruz
USA Today - over 3 years
The 'Houston Chronicle' says Cruz is nothing like his predecessor, Kay Bailey Hutchison.
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Peter Dreier: The Koch Brothers Are My Brothers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I just discovered that the Koch brothers are my brothers. I learned about our extraordinary kinship through a brief article in the New Republic, which mentioned that Charles Koch, and his younger twin brothers David and William, were members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at MIT. I was a Beta at Syracuse University (Class of 1970). And it is well known that all Betas are brothers, forever. I admit that I haven't stayed in touch with my Syracuse frat brothers or paid much attention to Beta happenings, but learning about my kinship with the Koch brothers has reawakened my fraternal feelings. So if I ever run into Charles (MIT 1957) or David (MIT 1962) at one of their regular Palm Springs get-togethers for the ultra-conservative wing of the .001 percent, I'll make sure to give them the secret handshake, quietly mutter "Phi Kai Phi" (Beta's secret slogan, although I can't remember what it means), and sing a few refrains of one of the fraternity's drinking songs, "I'm ...
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How Women Finally Acquired Power in the Senate
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Five women are gathered around the dining-room table from Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s childhood home. It’s the centerpiece of her hideaway, an unmarked retreat in the U.S. Capitol, and, like the hideaway itself, it’s a symbol of the distance all of them have traveled. The shelves and walls display testaments to Mikulski’s long career: photographs, clippings, replicas of the space shuttle. One highlight is a picture of “Buckboard Barb” Mikulski in a cowboy hat and colorful Mexican-style vest, standing with former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison during a visit to Texas. ...
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Perry Set To Make Big Announcement
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas, July 7 (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, the nation's longest-serving governor and a failed contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, planned to announce Monday whether he will seek re-election next year. Perry, 63, is best known nationally for his poor performance as a Republican candidate for the White House. During a debate in November 2011, he famously forgot the government departments he would abolish if he were elected to the White House and dropped out of the race a few weeks later. Perry has set a 1 p.m. news conference Monday in San Antonio to make what was billed as an important announcement. Asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether a presidential run is in the cards, Perry said: "Well, certainly, that's an option out there, but, again, we got a lot of work to do in this building right behind me over the course of the next couple of weeks th ...
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GOP Congresswoman: Women 'Don't Want' Equal Pay Laws
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn said on Sunday that women "don't want" equal pay laws. During a roundtable discussion on NBC's Meet The Press, former White House advisor David Axelrod asked if she would support a law promoting workplace gender equality. Blackburn responded: "I think that more important than that is making certain that women are recognized by those companies. You know, I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job. And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein, that is what women want. They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves." Blackburn voted against the 2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a landmark bill for women's rights in the workplace. The law makes it easier for women to file wage discriminatio ...
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Obama's Judicial Nominees Blocked On All Sides By Senate Republicans
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON -- It's bad enough that there are 82 vacant federal judge slots around the country, a level so high that many observers have deemed it a crisis situation. But perhaps even more startling is the fact that of those 82 vacant slots, 61 of them don't even have a nominee. On its face, the absence of nominees would appear to be a sign that President Barack Obama is slacking. After all, he is responsible for nominating judges, and he did put forward fewer nominees at the end of his first term than his two predecessors. But a closer look at data on judicial nominees, and conversations with people involved in the nomination process, reveals the bigger problem is Republican senators quietly refusing to recommend potential judges in the first place. The process for moving judicial nominees is simple enough. A president takes the lead on circuit court nominees, while, per longstanding tradition, a senator kickstarts the process for district court nominees, which make u ...
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Guns, cowards in the Senate and the courageous Kay Bailey Hutchison
Fox News - almost 4 years
Former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison told me Thursday night she would have supported the Manchin-Toomney gun bill.
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Kay Bailey Hutchison On Other 'Unflinching' Texan Women
NPR - almost 4 years
Kay Bailey Hutchison was the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. Her new book, Unflinching Courage, profiles some of the brave female pioneers who shaped her home state. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Video: Ex-Sen. Hutchison on "Unflinching Courage," women in Texas
CBS News - almost 4 years
Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about her new book, "Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas."
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Bruce Lesley: Medicaid Block Grants: A Zombie Idea With Lipstick in Texas
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The latest proposal to block grant Medicaid in Texas is a terrible one for the state, its children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Unfortunately, this bad idea, which just never seems to die, is once again being trotted out by Texas governor Rick Perry and his friends at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Federal block grants are, by definition, an arbitrarily capped amount of federal funding that go to states in the form of a lump sum payment and fail to adjust for population growth, economic changes, public health crises, or natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. Thus, states with growing populations, such as Texas, or states often in the pathway of natural disasters, such as Texas, or states with a disproportionate share of low wage jobs, such as Texas, would be most negatively impacted by a federally-imposed block grant. As need increases due to any of these factors, block grants and federal assistance are, by definition, unresponsive and ...
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Robert J. Elisberg: 'The Worst Vice-Presidential Nominee in U.S. History' Revisted
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
At CPAC on Saturday, there were stories about the speech given by former half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin (R-AK-1/2). I didn't read them because, well, honestly, I didn't care. Ms. Palin has been a joke since she entered the national stage, and at this point she's an empty joke without meaning. There are people who want to hear her the same way little children want to watch the same cartoon video over-and-over several hundreds of times. So, I really don't care what Sarah Palin says except for that it gives me oh-so much great fodder to write about. The same way great fodder helps vegetable gardens grow. But headlines of her speech at CPAC did give a few indications of her slamming the president, a man with more intelligence and integrity in his children's little finger than Ms. Palin has in her dreams. And it all reminded me of the very first article I wrote about Sarah Palin for the Huffington Post. It's the Huffery that I think I'm most proud of, from all ...
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SF's Dark Past Evoked In New Bill
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON _ Sen. Dianne Feinstein's long pursuit of stricter gun laws began more than three decades ago on a day of bullets and bloodshed in San Francisco, when she was the president of the city's Board of Supervisors. On Nov. 27, 1978, former supervisor Dan White walked into City Hall with a grudge and a .38 revolver. He fatally shot Mayor George Moscone, walked past Feinstein's office and then turned his weapon on Supervisor Harvey Milk, one of the country's first openly gay elected officials and a rising political star. Feinstein, who'd run for mayor twice and lost and who wasn't planning to seek re-election, had to announce the deaths of her colleagues to a stunned city that now looked to her to lead. The shootings recast her political career, becoming its consequential moment and one that's forever defined her in the public sphere. They also infused Feinstein with an unwavering advocacy for an issue that can come only when you've reached into the bloody wound of a ...
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Former GOP Senator: Stop Clapping During State Of The Union!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Kay Bailey Hutchison is no longer in the Senate, and she's now sounding off on what annoyed her during her time in Congress. During a discussion on immigration reform on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, host Candy Crowley said the issue is much more likely to be well-received during this year's State of the Union address, in light of bipartisan efforts on legislation. In the past, Crowley said, Republican lawmakers would have been more likely to stay silent if President Barack Obama brought up the matter. Hutchison, a former Republican senator from Texas, then interjected, saying she was not going to miss the game of standing up and sitting down to applaud during the address. "One of the best things about not being in the Senate anymore is not having to sit in that room and either stand up and clap every 15 seconds, or sit on your hands for the whole thing," said Hutchison, who retired from the Senate last year. "I just wish so much we would have a moratorium ...
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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has new gig!
Fox News - about 4 years
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Joins Bracewell & Giuliani’s Dallas Office HOUSTON (Feb. 6, 2013) — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has joined its Dallas office as senior counsel. Hutchison will apply her years in public service to her new role, consulting with clients, particularly those in the banking, energy, transportation, and telecommunications sectors. Hutchison, the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, served as a senator from 1993-2013. She previously served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1973-1977 and as the Texas State Treasurer from 1991-1993. In addition to her political career, Hutchison is also a former bank executive, journalist and small business owner. “We are excited to welcome Senator Hutchison to the firm,” said Bracewell Managing Partner, Mark C. Evans. “She is highly respected nationally and her experience will be a great resource to our clients as well as to her fellow attorneys at t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kay Bailey Hutchison
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 70
    Hutchison’s husband, Ray Hutchison died on March 30, 2014 at the age of 81.
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  • 2013
    Age 69
    In 2013, during the 113th United States Congress, the House of Representatives passed a bill to rename IRC section 219(c) as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA.
    More Details Hide Details Getting married women working from home the ability to contribute to IRAs was one of her accomplishments in Congress that she was the most proud of. On July 25, 2013, the bill became Public Law 113-22.
    In 2013, she joined the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani.
    More Details Hide Details Hutchison was born Kathryn Ann Bailey in Galveston, the daughter of Kathryn Ella (née Sharp) and Allan Abner Bailey, Jr., an insurance agent. She has two brothers, Allan and Frank. Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas.
  • 2012
    Age 68
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Villalba defeated former Representative Bill Keffer, brother of Representative Jim Keffer, in the Republican runoff election. A lawyer for Haynes and Boone in Dallas and a member of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Villalba thereafter won the general election and took his seat in January 2013.
  • 2011
    Age 67
    On June 22, 2011, Hutchison told Chris Matthews on Hardball with Chris Matthews that she had pondered running for president, but said she could not run in the 2012 election because of the needs of her two 10-year-old adopted children.
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    On January 13, 2011, after some discussion about whether she would change her mind, Hutchison announced she would not seek re-election in 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 66
    Kay Bailey Hutchison told some Republicans in a letter that she will not be in support of the DREAM Act in a letter dated 9 December 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Hutchison's position on abortion has been nuanced. She has served on the Advisory Board of The Wish List (Women in the Senate and House), a political action committee which contributes to pro-choice female Republican candidates for Congress. She is no longer on the board, and the PAC did not endorse her in 2006. However, Hutchison has frequently voted to restrict access to abortion. Her average score from the NRLC between the years of 1997 and 2010 is 93%, with her highest score being 100% and lowest being 75%. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas executive director Sara Cleveland once said, "By our definition, Sen. Hutchison's voting record does not indicate that she is pro-choice." She also believes that the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade was appropriate and should not be overturned, but is opposed to the Freedom of Choice Act because it would restrict the right of states to impose restrictions on abortion. In past years, NARAL has given Hutchison ratings of 0%, 7%, 20%, and 0%, indicating that her voting record mostly favored enacting proposed abortion restrictions. In 2012, Hutchison's spokesman indicated that she identified as pro-life, at that time, the leader of the Texas Alliance for Life reportedly stated that "we do not think the term ‘pro-life’ describes Sen. Hutchison’s position on abortion."
    On March 31, 2010, she announced her intention to serve out her third term.
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  • 2009
    Age 65
    On November 13, 2009, Hutchison announced that she would not resign from the Senate seat until after the March 2, 2010 primary.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details State Republican Chairman Cathie Adams later called upon Hutchison to clarify when she would vacate the Senate so that other Republican candidates can make preparation for their races.
  • 2008
    Age 64
    In 2008, she was cited by The New York Times to be among the women most likely to become the first female President of the United States.
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    Senator Hutchison voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008., which authorized the creation of the Troubled Assets Relief Program.
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    In FY 2008 and FY 2009, Hutchison sponsored or co-sponsored 281 earmarks totaling almost $500 million.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, Hutchison expressed her pride in the practice as a way to, "garner Texans' fair share of their tax dollars." Hutchison's earmarks and appropriations have been criticized as pork barrel projects or pet projects by the non-partisan government watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste. CAGW recognized Hutchison's efforts by naming her "Porker of the Month" in October 2009, based on her extensive legislative history, in addition to her request for 149 such pork projects worth $1.6 billion in FY 2010. Hutchison continues to support earmarks despite a moratorium called for by the Republican Party in both houses of Congress. She is a strong supporter of the Space Launch System, also known as the Senate Launch System, the single largest earmark in the Federal budget and possibly the single large earmark in US history. The SLS earmark has been opposed by fiscal conservative groups, including the Tea Party, as well as space-exploration advocacy groups. Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) has expressed "serious concerns with NASA's attempt to avoid holding a full and open competition to acquire the SLS." Rep. McClintock "stringly believes that such a de facto sole source award would be a violation of the 1984 Competition in Contracting Act." Rep. McClintock has asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the SLS earmark.
  • 2005
    Age 61
    In 2005 she also voted against including oil and gas smokestacks in the Environmental Protection Agency's mercury regulations.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, she voted to remove funding for renewable and solar energy, although she has more recently stated she supports the development of alternative energy sources. According to the League of Conservation Voters environmental scorecard, Hutchison received a rating of zero — the lowest possible score — in the 104th Congress. However, they have since upgraded her to a grade of 18% in the 110th Congress Hutchison has proposed limiting Texas governors to two four-year terms. She promised not to serve more than two terms as U.S. Senator, but then changed her mind and ran for a third term. She has made many statements concerning whether she would continue in office which were subsequently refuted by herself when she decided to remain in office as U.S. Senator. Hutchison supports the practice of earmarking as a way to bring Federal government money to her constituents. Hutchison, through her assignment on the Senate's appropriations committee, has been influential in directing Federal funds to projects in her state.
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2001
    Age 57
    Hutchison is a strong supporter of single-sex education in public schools. In 2001, she worked with Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) to write provisions into the No Child Left Behind Act (specifically sections 5131.a.23 and 5131c) authorizing single-sex education in public schools.
    More Details Hide Details Section 5131c required the Department of Education to write new regulations facilitating single-sex classrooms; this provision led to the publication of new regulations by the Department of Education in 2006 which do in fact facilitate single-sex education in public schools. She is a supporter of the U.S. Public Service Academy. In 2006, Hutchison received more campaign contributions from members of large oil and gas corporations than any other member of Congress.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Hutchison succeeded Jon Kyl as the Policy Chair for Senate Republicans, the fourth ranking leadership position in the Republican caucus behind Minority Leader McConnell, Minority Whip, and conference chairman Kyl. The National Journal ranked Hutchison as follows in its 2004 rankings, which are based on various key votes relating to economic policy, social policy, and foreign policy: "Economic: 26% Liberal, 73% Conservative; Social: 38% Liberal, 60% Conservative; Foreign: 0% Liberal, 67% Conservative. Although a loyal conservative Republican, she has been known to cross over to the other side on a few issues. She is more likely to do this than either Phil Gramm or his successor John Cornyn." A poll that was released on June 19, 2007, showed that Hutchison had an approval rating of 58%, with 34% disapproving. The National Journal's opinion is disputed by many Texas Republicans and Tea Party members, however. Konni Burton, a member of the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party steering committee, said "She personifies everything that the Tea Party is fighting. She is a Republican, but when you check her votes on many issues, they are not ones that conservatives are happy with." "On fiscal issues, she is more loyal to her friends and special interests than to the people of Texas," according to Adrian Murray, president of the grassroots 912 Project Fort Worth.
  • 2000
    Age 56
    In June 2000, Hutchison and her Senate colleagues coauthored Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, her book, American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country, was published.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison, who got 65 percent of the vote in 2000, is a safe bet to win a third term."
    More Details Hide Details On election night 2006, Hutchison won re-election to another term, winning 2,661,789 votes (61.7%). Radnofsky won 1,555,202 votes (36.04%). Radnofsky only won in base Democratic areas, carrying only border counties with strong Hispanic majorities, such as El Paso and Webb (Laredo) and in Travis County (Austin). Hutchison won everything else, having won majorities in 236 of the state's 254 counties. On August 17, 2009, Senator Hutchison formally announced that she was a Republican candidate for Governor of Texas and positioned herself as a moderate alternative to Governor Rick Perry. Perry criticized Hutchison for her pro-choice position and received endorsements from social conservatives in the state. Although Hutchison led Perry in polls taken in early 2009 and was perceived by many to be the front-runner in the race, by the fall her lead had evaporated and she consistently trailed the incumbent in the final months before the primary. Hutchison accumulated a list of high-profile endorsements that included former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, legendary baseball player Nolan Ryan, and several current and former congressmen and Cabinet secretaries. However, Hutchison lost the primary to Perry, 31 to 53 percent, with the remainder of the vote going to Debra Medina, a dark horse candidate with ties to the Tea Party movement.
    Kelly had been the unsuccessful Democratic nominee against Hutchison in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Libertarian Scott Lanier Jameson (born July 1, 1966), a real estate consultant from Plano, also ran for the seat. Radnofsky faced an uphill battle in a state that has not elected a Democrat statewide since 1994, as George W. Bush's landslide reelection as governor in 1998 had helped carry Republicans into all the other statewide offices. In the August 2006 Rasmussen poll, Hutchison led her opponent by 30 percentage points — 61 to 31. The Survey USA Poll, which is not a head-to-head matchup, but only lists approval ratings of incumbents, found Hutchison with a 61 percent approval rating. The Zogby poll, in contrast, showed a closer result, but still showed Hutchison with a 18.9 percent lead. The authors stated " Republican Sen.
    In 2000 she defeated Democrat Gene Kelly, with 4,082,091 (65 percent) to 2,030,315 (32.2 percent).
    More Details Hide Details She carried 237 of the 254 counties, including one of the most Democratic counties, Webb County (Laredo). This was the only time since the early 1900s that Webb County had supported a Republican candidate for any office on a partisan ballot. More than four million Texans voted for Hutchison that year — still the record highest number of actual votes ever cast in Texas for a non-presidential candidate (George W. Bush received 4,526,917 votes in Texas in the 2004 election). Speculation began in 2004 that Hutchison would run for Governor of Texas in 2006, challenging current Governor Rick Perry in the Republican primary. However, on June 17, 2005, Hutchison announced that she would seek reelection to the Senate instead, reneging on an earlier promise to a two-term limit. Many political analysts speculated that she did not believe she could defeat Perry in the GOP primary because of his popularity among Christian conservatives, while her Senate seat was unlikely to face a serious threat.
  • 1994
    Age 50
    In 1994, the election for her first full term, Hutchison received 2,604,281 votes (60.8 percent) to 1,639,615 votes (38.3 percent) cast for Democrat Richard W. Fisher, the son-in-law of the late Republican Congressman James M. Collins, who had also run in the special election the year before.
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    The case against Hutchison was heard before State District Judge John Onion in February 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Pre-trial motions included a Motion to Quash evidence Earle obtained without a warrant when raiding the Treasurer's office. During pre-trial proceedings, the judge did not rule on admissibility. Following the lack of a ruling, Earle declined to proceed with his case. Onion swore in a jury and directed the jury to acquit Hutchison, since Earle chose not to present evidence. The acquittal barred any future prosecution of Hutchison.
  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 49
    Subsequently, after two other grand jury indictments were thrown out, Hutchison was indicted a 3rd time by a Texas grand jury in September 1993 for official misconduct and records tampering.
    More Details Hide Details Hutchison stated that she was the innocent victim of a politically motivated prosecutor. Earle acknowledged that he had sought appointment by Democratic Governor Ann Richards, to the same U.S. Senate seat which Hutchison was ultimately elected to, but he has denied that his legal actions against Hutchison were politically motivated.
    Following Hutchison's election in 1993, Texas has had two sitting Republican U.S. senators. On June 10, 1993, shortly after the special election victory, Travis County authorities, led by Democratic district attorney Ronnie Earle, raided Hutchison's offices at the State Treasury.
    More Details Hide Details The search was conducted without a warrant, as incident to service of the indictments in the case.
    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).
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  • 1990
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Krueger had been appointed by Texas Governor Ann Richards to fill the seat until a replacement was elected.
  • 1984
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After the initial voting, most of the Barton and Fields voters switched to Hutchison, who won the runoff, 1,188,716 (67.3 percent) to 576,538 (32.7 percent). Lower turnout in the runoff resulted in a decrease in Krueger's vote total, by 17,000. Hutchison became the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 34
    She married her second husband, Ray Hutchison, in Dallas on March 16, 1978.
    More Details Hide Details They have two adopted children: Kathryn Bailey and Houston Taylor, both adopted in 2001. She also has two stepdaughters, Brenda and Julie, from her husband's previous marriage. Ray Hutchison is a former member of the Texas Legislature, a former state Republican chairman, and ran an unsuccessful bid for the Texas governorship, having lost the Republican nomination in 1978 to Bill Clements, a senior partner with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, of Dallas. Hutchison and her family have their primary residence in Dallas, where her children attend school. She has a second house in Virginia, where she lives when the Senate is in session. In August 2009 she put her Virginia house up for sale, and her campaign stated, "She's no longer going to be in the United States Senate. She's coming home to Texas. That's why it's for sale." She has also purchased a house in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is a supporter of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation where she is an honorary board member.
  • 1976
    Age 32
    Ray Hutchison was the chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1976 to 1977 and ran in the following year's GOP primary for governor but lost to Bill Clements. He served as a state representative for Dallas' district 33-Q from 1973 to 1977. While serving in the state Legislature, he met wife Kay Bailey, then a representative from Houston. They married in 1978 and had two children.
    More Details Hide Details He already had two children from a previous marriage. Ray Hutchison was senior counsel with the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. His principal area of practice was public finance, making slightly less than a half million dollars a year in combined salary and deferred compensation. In addition to her husband's compensation as an attorney, records provided by her campaign show that the couple has a large financial stake in ExxonMobil, valued at between $250,000 and $500,000, along with other stock holdings and equity investments, which have also provided them with a yearly dividend income of about $60,000 a year since 2001. The Hutchison family reported assets of between $2.8 million and $6.7 million in 2008, not including homes used for residential purposes, Senate records show. The Senate records give ranges of asset value, making an exact calculation impossible.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison was a bank executive of a failed bank in Texas and met and married her second husband Ray Hutchison who was the chairman of the Texas Republican Party in 1976 but left in 1977 to pursue his gubernatorial campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In 1978, Ray Hutchison lost the nomination to Bill Clements by a vote of 115,345 (72.8 percent) to 38,268 (24.2 percent). Kay met Ray when they were both Texas legislators, and Kay's interest in politics grew exponentially.
    She was vice-chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from 1976 to 1978.
    More Details Hide Details She was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 1982 for the Dallas-based 3rd District, but was defeated in the primary by Steve Bartlett. She temporarily left politics and became a bank executive and businesswoman.
    She served until 1976.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 28
    In 1972 (age 29), Hutchison was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from a district in Houston.
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  • 1967
    Age 23
    She received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1967 (age 24).
    More Details Hide Details Following her graduation from law school, she was the legal and political correspondent for KPRC-TV in Houston. Hired by Ray Miller, host of the long-running The Eyes of Texas anthology series, Hutchison was among the first on screen newswomen in Texas.
    She married her first husband, John Pierce Parks, a medical student, on April 8, 1967 (age 23); they divorced in 1969.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 18
    She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962 (age 19).
    More Details Hide Details She was also a sister of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Born on July 22, 1943.
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