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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison

Former U.S. Senator, Texas

Kay Bailey Hutchison is a business woman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She serves as senior counsel at Bracewell LLP, representing clients in banking, energy, transportation, telecommunications, and public policy.

Senator Hutchison spent more than two decades as an elected official. 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.

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 the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Republic Bank Corporation in Texas. The Dallas City Council named thecity's convention centerin her honor, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. Senator Hutchison received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.