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Kay Bailey Hutchison
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22nd United States Permanent Representative to NATO
Assumed office
August 28, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Douglas Lute
United States Senator
from Texas
In office
June 14, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Bob Krueger
Succeeded by Ted Cruz
Treasurer of Texas
In office
January 15, 1991 – June 14, 1993
Governor Ann Richards
Preceded by Ann Richards
Succeeded by Martha Whitehead
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 90th district
In office
January 9, 1973 – July 9, 1976
Preceded by Tom Bass
Succeeded by Brad Wright
Personal details
Born
Kathryn Ann Bailey

July 22, 1943 (1943-07-22) (age 76)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
John Parks
(m. 1967; div. 1969)

Ray Hutchison
(m. 1978; died 2014)
Education University of Texas, Austin (BA, JD)

Kay Bailey Hutchison (born Kathryn Ann Bailey; July 22, 1943) is an American attorney, television correspondent, politician, and diplomat who is the 22nd United States Permanent Representative to NATO. A member of the Republican Party, she previously was a United States Senator for Texas from 1993 to 2013.

Born in Galveston, Texas, Hutchison is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to entering politics, she was an attorney and legal correspondent at KPRC-TV in Houston. She was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1972 to 1976. After a brief business career, she returned to politics in 1990 when she was elected Texas State Treasurer. In 1993, she was elected to the United States Senate in a nonpartisan special election against Democrat Bob Krueger and became the first woman senator in Texas history.

After being reelected to the Senate in 1994, 2000, and 2006, Hutchison was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Texas in 2010, losing the Republican primary to incumbent Rick Perry. Hutchison was the most senior female Republican senator by the end of her tenure in 2013, and the fifth most senior female senator overall. In 2013, she joined the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani.

In 2001, she was named one of the thirty most powerful women in America by the Ladies Home Journal.

Early life

Kay Bailey Hutchison and Michael Bloomberg
Kay Bailey Hutchison and Michael Bloomberg

Hutchison is the daughter of Kathryn Ella (née Sharp) and Allan Abner Bailey Jr., an insurance agent. She has two brothers, Allan and Frank. Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962 (age 19). 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 (age 24).

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.

United States Ambassador to NATO

Secretary Pompeo Walks with Ambassador Bailey (41029405464)
Hutchison walks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at NATO Headquarters in Brussels

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.

Personal life

Kay Bailey Hutchison and Theo from the PBS show Between the Lions
Kay Bailey Hutchison and Theo from the PBS show Between the Lions

She married her first husband, John Pierce Parks, a medical student, on April 8, 1967; they divorced in 1969. She married her second husband, Ray Hutchison, in Dallas on March 16, 1978. They have two children: Kathryn Bailey and Houston Taylor, both adopted in 2001. 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.

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. 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.

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