Kay Bailey Hutchison has been a passionate and commanding force in American politics. She spent more than two decades as a public servant and was the highest-ranking Republican female prior to her retirement. Forbes magazine has ranked her one of the world's 100 most powerful women.
Senator Hutchison was one of only seven female senators when she was elected in a special election in 1993, representing Texas in the United States Senate and was reelected three times. She was elected to Republican leadership positions including serving as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-highest ranking Republican Senator. Prior to her Senate service, Senator Hutchison was elected Texas State Treasurer and was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve as vice-chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
What to Expect From Washington in 2015—and Beyond
With nearly two decades of experience in the U.S. Senate, Senator Hutchison is an expert on the top issues facing America today. She offers an insider’s perspective to understanding the challenges being faced by America, and how the country must respond to them. Whether it’s the national economy, homeland defense or foreign affairs, Hutchison offers valuable insights as to how these issues will play out in Congress this year—and how they will affect you.
Trailblazer: Forging the Path for Women in Leadership
In 1993, Senator Hutchison made history by becoming Texas’s first—and only—female senator. But prior to that, Hutchison had already amassed significant victories for women in politics: in the Texas House and as State Treasurer. Senator Hutchison’s trailblazing legacy spans back the 60’s, when she was one of only five women to graduate law school at the University of Texas and the 70's when she became the first woman television news correspondent in Houston. As a noted historian, she has studied women in leadership from America’s earliest days and combines that with observations and suggestions for leadership today. She has written three widely acclaimed books on women who broke barriers to lead our country. Once listed among the world’s most powerful women by Forbes magazine, Hutchison has established herself as a female leader who inspires other women to pursue their dreams.
Senator Hutchison was elected to a full six-year term in 1994.
She earned a second term in 2000, when she received more votes than any statewide candidate in Texas history. In 2006, she was again re-elected by an overwhelming margin.
Senator Hutchison is one of only two women to serve in the Senate leadership, having first been elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Conference and later elected Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.
Senator Hutchison was most recently the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. She served for 16 years as a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and was Chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Sub-Committee. She was elected as Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, for two terms.
Senator Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas and UT Law School. The University of Texas at Austin established the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business in 2014.
Senator Hutchison was twice elected 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 first book, a national best seller, American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country.Senator Hutchison published her second bestseller, Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers, in October 2007. Her latest book is Unflinching Courage. In 2013, the Dallas City Council voted to name its Convention Center the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas in honor of her dedicated service.