Candidate bio: Kay Bailey Hutchison


by Kay for Governor (

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 1 at 12:02 PM

The following biography was posted on Kay Bailey Hutchison's campaign Web site:

Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Texas roots run deep. Thomas J. Rusk of Nacogdoches was the first Texan to hold the U.S. Senate seat she currently occupies. He and Senator Hutchison's great-great-grandfather, Charles S. Taylor, were law partners, and both signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Kay Bailey Hutchison grew up in La Marque and graduated from the University of Texas and UT Law School. She has achieved many firsts in her life including the first woman television reporter in Texas, first Republican Woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives, first Republican elected as State Treasurer of Texas and as the senior United States Senator from Texas she is the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress.

Kay Bailey Hutchison has been a Texas G.O.P. party builder as both a grassroots activist and elected official for over 30 years. She enjoys a 90% lifetime conservative rating from the American Conservative Union.  The National Right to Life Committee, the only national pro-life organization that methodically analyzes voting records, gives her a 94 percent lifetime rating on issues of vital concern.  She has earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.  And Americans for Tax Reform and the National Federation of Independent Businesses give her a 95% and 100% rating respectively.

In 1993, Texans elected Kay Bailey Hutchison to the United States Senate in a special election, making her the first -- and, to date, the only -- woman elected to represent the state in the Senate. One year later, she was re-elected to a full six-year term. In 2000, she received more votes for her re-election to a second full term than any other statewide candidate had ever previously received. And in 2006, she was again re-elected by an overwhelming margin. Sen. Hutchison is the Senior Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Additionally, she is on the Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Sen. Hutchison has also served in the Senate leadership, having been elected by her colleagues to be Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee during the 110th Congress. Sen. Hutchison is a member of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) National Advisory Committee, and she is Chairman of the West Point Board of Visitors.

Senator Hutchison has a deep love of Texas. During her time as a United States Senator she made it a goal and has visited all 254 counties in Texas.  In June 2000, she and several colleagues coauthored Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate, and in 2004, she released her second book, American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country. Sen. Hutchison published her most recent bestseller, Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers, in October 2007.

The senator lives in Dallas with her husband, Ray, and their two children, Bailey and Houston.

Recognition for Kay's Record of Fighting for Texas:

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise Award” (May 6, 2009)
  • Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Award- “Most Influential Woman” (July 24, 2008)
  • Charles Dick Medal of Merit, National Guard Association of Texas for 2006 (February 13, 2007)
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Award Connie Mack Lifetime Achievement Award (April, 2007)
  • Americans for Tax Reform-Hero of the Taxpayer (June 8, 2006)
  • American Legion National Commander’s Distinguished Public Service Award (February 28, 2006)
  • Association of the U.S. Army’s Outstanding Legislator Award (2006)
  • Forbes Magazine’s 2005 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women
  • Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG), Legislator of the Year (2005)
  • Travis County Republican Party Lifetime Achievement Awards (2004)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Spirit of Enterprise Award (2004)
  • Greater Dallas Crime Commission, Crime Fighter of the Year Award (2003)
  • San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce, Defender of Freedom Award (2002) 
  • Ladies’ Home Journal, 30 Most Powerful Women Award (2001)
  • National Military Family Association, Award for Service to Military Families (2001)
  • CLEAT, Award for Support of Law Enforcement (2000)
  • Texas Legislative Conference, Texan of the Year (1997)
  • Inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame (1997)
  • National Federation of Republican Women, Republican Woman of the Year (1995) 

Click here for more information on Kay Bailey Hutschison from her campgaign Web site.