Kay Bailey Hutchison

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Kay Bailey Hutchison
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Former U.S. Senator from Texas
From: June 14, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Predecessor Bob Krueger
Successor Ted Cruz
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Ray Hutchison
Religion Episcopalian

Kay Bailey Hutchison, born July 22, 1943 (age 73), is a former Republican U.S. senator from Texas. She was the first female senator from Texas and held office from 1993 through 2012. Hutchison was a candidate for the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election, challenging incumbent, conservative Governor Rick Perry in the GOP primary, but was defeated. She did not run for re-election to the Senate in 2012.

Kay Bailey Hutchison is pro-choice regarding abortion, and has voted to express that Roe v. Wade was rightly decided and should not be overturned.[1] Additionally, Senator Hutchison is a strong and active proponent of stem cell research that involves the killing of human embryos.[2] However, Hutchison has voted for restrictions on abortion such as supporting the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Hutchison voted for the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), leading Rick Perry supporters to call her "Kay Bailout Hutchison." Hutchison inserted 346 earmarks in the last two years spending bills costing $2.6 billion.[3]

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