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Kay Bailey Hutchison

Hutchison, Kay Bailey

Senior Counsel

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Kay Bailey Hutchison is a business woman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She represents clients in banking, energy, transportation, telecommunications, and public policy.

Senator Hutchison spent more than two decades as a public servant. In January 2013, she stepped down from her seat in the United States Senate, representing the state of Texas. As a U.S. Senator, she served in the Senate leadership, having first been elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Conference and later elected Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-highest ranking Republican Senator.

Senator Hutchison served as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. She was also the Chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Sub-Committee and served on the Defense Appropriations Sub-Committee. In addition, the Senator served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Prior to her Senate service, Senator Hutchison was elected Texas State Treasurer in 1990 and to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972. She was the first Republican woman elected to that body. She served in the Texas House until 1976 when she was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve as vice-chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Her business experience includes acting as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Republic Bank Corporation in Texas, co-founder of Fidelity National Bank of Dallas, and owning a candy manufacturing company.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business
The University of Texas School of Law and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin  have joined forces to establish the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business. The interdisciplinary center will focus on providing educational opportunities for students pursuing careers in the energy industry. In addition, the center will provide critical analyses of legal, business and policy questions related to energy, both domestic and international, with a particular emphasis on Latin America.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
In 2013, the Dallas City Council voted to name its Convention Center the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA
President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 2289, renaming section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA in July 2013. Senator Hutchison authored the original bill, cosponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski, to establish Spousal IRAs.

Senator Hutchison is an acclaimed author, her most recent book, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas was released in April 2013. She has published two bestsellers – Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers, released in October 2007, and American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country, released in 2004. In June 2000, she and several colleagues coauthored Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate.

Education

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

Affiliations

Bank of America Global Advisory Council, Member
Center for Strategic International Studies Advisory Council, Member
Campaign to Fix the Debt Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council, Member
Cobalt International Energy Board, Member
MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, Member
UT Southwestern Medical Foundation Board of Trustees, Member
UT Law School Foundation Board of Trustees, Member
CNBC TV Network, Contributor
Center for Strategic International Studies Advisory Council, Member
Campaign to Fix the Debt Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council, Member
Lincoln Project, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Advisor
TexasExes Alumni Association, President
MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, Member
UT Southwestern Medical Foundation Board of Trustees, Member
UT Law School Foundation Board of Trustees, Member

Noteworthy

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s Congressional Science Champion Award, 2014
Southern Methodist University’s Literati Award, 2014
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
Air Force Association Distinguished American Award, 2008
Association of the United States Army Outstanding Legislator Award, 2006
Forbes Magazine's 2005 World's 100 Most Powerful Women
Women's Foreign Policy Group Inaugural Congressional Leadership Award, 2004
Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, 2003
Ladies' Home Journal, 30 Most Powerful Women in America, 2001
Inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, 1997
Outstanding Alumna, University of Texas, 1995