Former Legislator Ray Hutchison Dies at 81

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include some remarks on Hutchison's death.

Dallas attorney Ray Hutchison, a former legislator, gubernatorial candidate and husband of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, died Sunday afternoon, friends of the family said Monday morning. He was 81.

Elton Ray Hutchison was a state representative from Dallas from 1973 to 1977, a time when Republicans were rare birds in that body. He became chairman of the Republican Party of Texas in 1976, a job he left to run for governor in 1978.

The Republicans elected a governor that year, but ...

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