Personal Profile

Full Name Kay Bailey Hutchison
Age 74
Race White
Education J.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1967; BA University of Texas, 1992
Spouse: Ray

In 1993, voters elected Kay Bailey Hutchison in a special election, making her the first— and, to date, only —woman elected to represent the state in the U.S. Senate.

Hutchison is the Senior Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Additionally, she serves on the Appropriations Committee, and the Committee on Rules and Administration.

She has also served in the Senate leadership as chair of the republican policy committee during the 110th Congress. Hutchison is a member of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) National Advisory Committee, and she chairs the West Point Board of visitors.

In 2008, Sen. Hutchison authored an amicus curiae brief for the Supreme Court case DC v. Heller, affirming an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. Her brief was signed by the Vice President of the United States and by more members of Congress than any other brief in U.S. history.

In her 16 years as a senator, Hutchison has worked to reduce marginal income tax rates, eliminate the estate tax, and lower taxes on capital gains. She also introduced and passed legislation creating an Overseas Basing Commission, which conducted a review of the U.S. military's global footprint. In 2004, she helped pass the National Intelligence Reform Act, which included provisions she authored concerning air cargo screening. In 2005, the president signed into law Hutchison’s five-year blueprint for NASA's exploration and research initiatives. Early in her Senate career, she was the lead sponsor of a bill to create the new Homemaker IRA, which allows spouses who do not work outside the home to save for retirement through an IRA. In the 112th Congress, Senator Hutchison serves as the ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science.

The senator's Texas roots run deep. Thomas Rusk of Nacogdoches was the first Texan to hold the U.S. Senate seat she currently occupies. He and Hutchison's great-great-grandfather, Charles S. Taylor, were friends, and both signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas and UT Law School. She was elected twice to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1990, she was elected Texas State Treasurer. 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 book, Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers, in October 2007.

The Senator lives in Dallas with her two children, Bailey and Houston. Her husband, prominent attorney and former state Representative Ray Hutchison, died on March 30, 2014.