Kay Bailey Hutchison Biography
Kay Bailey Hutchison is an American attorney, television correspondent, politician, and diplomat who is the 22nd United States Permanent Representative to NATO. She is a well-known member of the Republican Party, she was previously a United States Senator for Texas from 1993 to 2013.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Age
Bailey was born on July 22nd, 1943 in Galveston, Texas, U.S. She is 75 years old as of 2018.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Family | Young
She was born the daughter of Kathryn Ella and Allan Abner Bailey Jr., an insurance agent. She was raised along with her two brothers, Allan and Frank. Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Married
She was married her first husband, John Pierce Parks, a medical student, on April 8, 1967; the pair divorced in 1969. She married her second husband, Ray Hutchison, in Dallas on March 16, 1978. They had two children: Kathryn Bailey and Houston Taylor, both adopted in 2001. She also has two stepdaughters, Brenda and Julie, from her husband’s previous marriage. Ray Hutchison was an attorney who served as a Republican in the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977 and as the chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1976 to 1977. He died on March 30, 2014, at the age of 81.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Education
She got enrolled and later received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962. She was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1967. Following her graduation from law school, she was the legal and political correspondent for KPRC-TV in Houston. Hired by Ray Miller, host of the long-running The Eyes of Texas anthology series, Hutchison was among the first on-screen newswomen in Texas.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Career
Hutchison was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from a district in Houston. She served until 1976. She was vice-chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from 1976 to 1978. She was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 1982 for the Dallas-based 3rd District but was defeated in the primary by Steve Bartlett. She temporarily left politics and became a bank executive and businesswoman.Kay Bailey Hutchison
Hutchison served on the following Senate committees: Appropriations; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Rules and Administration; Veterans’ Affairs. During her time in the Senate, Hutchison was a strong supporter of NASA.
In June 2000, Hutchison and her Senate colleagues coauthored Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate. In 2004, her book, American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country, was published. From 2001 to 2007, Hutchison served as Vice-Chairwoman of the Senate Republican Conference (caucus), making her the fifth-ranking Republican in the Senate behind Majority Leader Bill Frist, Majority Whip Mitch McConnell and conference chairman Rick Santorum, and Policy Chairman Jon Kyl. In 2007, Hutchison succeeded Jon Kyl as the Policy Chair for Senate Republicans, the fourth-ranking leadership position in the Republican caucus behind Minority Leader McConnell, Minority Whip, and conference chairman Kyl.
The National Journal ranked Hutchison as follows in its 2004 rankings, which are based on various key votes relating to economic policy, social policy, and foreign policy: “Economic: 26% Liberal, 73% Conservative; Social: 38% Liberal, 60% Conservative; Foreign: 0% Liberal, 67% Conservative. In 2012, the National Journal gave her composite scores of 72% conservative and 28% liberal. Although a loyal conservative Republican, she was known to cross over to the other side on a few issues. She was more likely to do this than either Phil Gramm or his successor John Cornyn.” A poll that was released on June 19, 2007, showed that Hutchison had an approval rating of 58%, with 34% disapproving.
Supporters of the Tea Party movement have been critical of Hutchison. In 2010, Konni Burton, a member of the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party steering committee, said “She personifies everything that the Tea Party is fighting. She is a Republican, but when you check her votes on many issues, they are not ones that conservatives are happy with.” Hutchison broke ranks with her Republican colleagues and opposed an attempt to stall the Democrats’ health-care bill in the Senate.
Hutchison announced her intention to resign her Senate post in the autumn of 2009 in order to challenge Texas Governor Perry for the Republican Party nomination. State Republican Chairman Cathie Adams later called upon Hutchison to clarify when she would vacate the Senate so that other Republican candidates could make preparations for their races. On November 13, 2009, Hutchison announced that she would not resign from the Senate seat until after the March 2, 2010 primary. On March 31, 2010, she announced her intention to serve out her third term.
On January 13, 2011, after some discussion about whether she would change her mind, Hutchison announced she would not seek re-election in 2012. In 2008, she was mentioned in an article in The New York Times about the women most likely to become the first female President of the United States. On June 22, 2011, Hutchison told Chris Matthews on Hardball with Chris Matthews that she had pondered running for president, but said she could not run in the 2012 election because of the needs of her two 10-year-old children.
In 2012, when she was not seeking reelection, Hutchison endorsed the young Hispanic lawyer Jason Villalba, who described at the time as “the future”, for the District 114 seat in the Texas House of Representatives vacated by Republican Will Ford Hartnett. Villalba defeated former Representative Bill Keffer, brother of Representative Jim Keffer, in the Republican runoff election. A lawyer for Haynes and Boone in Dallas and a member of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Villalba thereafter won the general election and took his seat in January 2013.
In 2013, during the 113th United States Congress, the House of Representatives passed a bill to rename IRC section 219(c) as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA. Getting married women working from home the ability to contribute to IRAs was one of her accomplishments in Congress that she was the most proud of. On July 25, 2013, the bill became Public Law 113-22.
On June 29, 2017, Hutchison was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the United States Permanent Representative to NATO. The U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination by voice vote on August 3, 2017. Hutchison was sworn in on August 15, 2017, and started the position on August 28, 2017. On October 2, 2018, Hutchinson suggested NATO would consider destroying Russian medium-range nuclear systems if Russia continued development on those systems, which would be an act of war under international law.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Net Worth
Kay estimated net worth is under review, there is no information about her net worth or salary but she is said to have been earning a huge salary from her work.
Kay Bailey Hutchison House
Hutchison and her family have their primary residence in Belgium. She had a second house in Virginia, where she lived when the U.S. Senate was in session. In August 2009 she put her Virginia house up for sale, and her campaign stated, “She’s no longer going to be in the United States Senate. She’s coming home to Texas. That’s why it’s for sale.” She has also purchased a house in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is a supporter of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation where she is an honorary board member.