Kay Bailey Hutchison

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Kay Bailey Hutchison
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U.S. Senate, Texas
Former member
In office
Deputy permanent chair, Republican National Convention
Republican Conference vice-chair
Republican Policy Committee chair
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First electedNovember 1992
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State Treasurer
Texas House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
J.D.University of Texas School of Law
Date of birthJuly 22, 1943
Place of birthGalveston, TX
Net worth(2012) $6,533,047
Campaign website
Kay Bailey Hutchison (b. July 22, 1943) was a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Texas, serving from 1993 to 2013. Hutchison took office in 1993 after winning a special election to serve out the remainder of Lloyd Bentsen's term after he resigned to join the Clinton administration.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hutchison was a "moderate Republican leader."[1]

Hutchison was Texas State Treasurer from 1990 until the 1993 election. Hutchison ran for Governor of Texas in 2010. She lost in the primary to Rick Perry.

Hutchinson did not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[2]


Hutchison earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas. She has been a television reporter, bank executive, and businesswoman.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. Senate



  • In the 110th Congress, Sen. Hutchison served as the Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.
  • In the 109th Congress, Sen. Hutchison served as Republican Conference Secretary.


Political positions

Border Security and Control

"We must secure our borders. Immigration is a critical part of our national heritage, but America is a nation based upon the rule of law and we must not encourage illegal behavior through amnesty. Tolerating illegal immigration serves only to undermine the law and threatens our national security."

President Obama's Afghanistan Policy

"If you look back to history, when the Russians signaled that they were leaving Afghanistan, it ended in disaster. It’s very important not to give any signal about time. We have to be determined to achieve success in our mission. Failure is not an option. Al Qaeda is still a security threat to the United States. We have to continue to be very firm with our allies and maintain this as a NATO mission, too."[7]

Filibuster to Delay Healthcare Bill

"When the votes were already there — the 60 were there, of course — then why would you walk away from having the support for the troops? But had there not been 60 votes and we could have made this health care bill go over into next year, then we would have certainly done the continuing resolution for the troops."[8][9]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hutchison voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]



See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012

Hutchinson did not seek re-election in 2012. Ted Cruz defeated Paul Sadler (D), John Jay Myers (L), and David Collins (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

2010 gubernatorial election

See also: Texas gubernatorial election, 2010

On August 17th, 2009, Senator Hutchison declared her candidacy for the 2010 Texas Gubernatorial election, challenging sitting fellow Republican Governor Rick Perry.[11]

Hutchison lost to Perry in the primary by a margin of 51.1% to 30.3%.

2006 Senate election

On November 7, 2006, Hutchison won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) and Scott Lanier Jameson (L).[12]

U.S. Senate General Election, Texas, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKay Bailey Hutchison Incumbent 61.7% 2,661,789
     Democratic Barbara Ann Radnofsky 36% 1,555,202
     Libertarian Scott Lanier Jameson 2.3% 97,672
Total Votes 4,314,663

1993 special election

Kay Bailey Hutchison was elected to her first term as a United States Senator in the special election of 1993, held to replace Lloyd Bentsen. Bentsen had resigned his term in order to become Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration.

The field of 24 candidates was dominated by Hutchison and Democrat Bob Krueger, who had been appointed by the governor to fill the seat for Bentsen prior to the special election.

Hutchison won the election 67% to 33% over Krueger.[13]

Campaign donors

Breakdown of the source of Hutchison's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Hutchison won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Hutchison campaign committee raised a total of $9,248,720 and spent $6,553,206.[14]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hutchinson paid her congressional staff a total of $3,420,696 in 2011. She ranked first on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked fourth overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Texas ranked 3rd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[15]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hutchison's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,818,094 to $9,248,000. That averages to $6,533,047, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. Her average calculated net worth[16] increased by 24.59% from 2010.[17]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hutchinson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,082,081 and $7,405,000. That averages to $5,243,540.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[18]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hutchison tied with one other member of the U.S. Senate, ranking 30th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators.[19]

Voting with party

November 2011

Hutchison voted with the Republican Party 91.1 percent of the time, which ranked 21 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[20]

Recent news

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Hutchison and her husband, Ray, have two children.[21]

See also

External links

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  1. GovTrack, "Kay Hutchison," accessed March 3, 2012
  2. NBC Dallas Fort Worth, "Sen. Hutchison Won't Run for Re-Election in 2012," accessed February 18, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Kay Bailey Hutchison," accessed November 23, 2011
  4. Official Kay Bailey Hutchison Senate Website, "Committee Assignments," accessed on October 10, 2011
  5. Official Kay Bailey Hutchison Senate Website, "Committee Assignments," accessed on October 10, 2011
  6. Official Kay Bailey Hutchison Senate Website, "Committee Assignments," accessed on October 10, 2011
  7. Hutchison On Obama's Speech - National Review Online
  8. Protesters gather at Hutchison's Austin office
  9. For Kay Bailey Hutchison, Staying in Washington to Fight Healthcare Means Expediting its Passage
  10. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  11. Kay Enters The Fray - Time
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. "Texas' Hutchinson a battler and survivor // Senator-elect has often beaten the odds" - USA Today
  14. Open Secrets, "Kay Bailey Hutchison 2006 Election Cycle," accessed November 23, 2011
  15. LegiStorm, "Kay Bailey Hutchison"
  16. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  17. OpenSecrets, "Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  18. OpenSecrets, "Hutchinson, (R-Texas), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  21. Official Senate website, "Biography," accessed November 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Krueger
U.S. Senate - Texas
Succeeded by
Ted Cruz