Kay Bailey Hutchison

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Kathryn "Kay" Bailey Hutchison

22nd United States Permanent Representative to NATO
Assumed office 
August 28, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Douglas Lute

In office
June 14, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Bob Krueger (interim for Lloyd Bentsen)
Succeeded by Ted Cruz

Texas State Treasurer
In office
January 15, 1991 – June 14, 1993
Governor Ann Richards
Preceded by Ann Richards
Succeeded by Martha Whitehead

Texas State Representative for District 90 (Harris County)
In office
January 9, 1973 – July 9, 1976
Preceded by Tom Bass
Succeeded by Brad Wright

Born July 22, 1943
Galveston, Texas
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) (1) John Parks (married 1967-1969, divorced)

(2) Ray Hutchison (married 1978-2014, his death)

Children Four children
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
UT Law School
Occupation Lawyer; Politician
Religion Episcopalian

Kathryn "Kay" Bailey Hutchison (born July 22, 1943) is a Republican former U.S. Senator from her native Texas. The first female senator from Texas, she held office from 1993 through 2012. Hutchison was a candidate for the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election, when she unsuccessfully challenged the incumbent more conservative Governor Rick Perry in the primary election. She did not run for re-election to the Senate in 2012.

Kay Bailey Hutchison is pro-abortion and has voted to express that Roe v. Wade was rightly decided and should not be overturned by the United States Supreme Court.[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." She also introduced an amendment in 2007 that nullified the Secure Fence Act of 2006. Hutchison inserted 346 earmarks in the last two years spending bills costing $2.6 billion.[3]

Hutchison is the widow of Ray Hutchison, a lawyer and Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives. The two met as fellow House members, she from Houston, and he from Dallas. Their 1978 marriage was the second for each.

In 2017, Hutchison was appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump as the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO.