Kay Bailey Hutchison
U.S. Senate (R-TX)
In 1993, Kay Bailey Hutchison was elected as the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. In 2004, she won a third term as Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, remaining the fifth-highest ranking Republican Senator. She is currently serving her third term in the U.S. Senate. According to the 2000 US Census, the State of Texas has the third largest Iranian American population in the nation.
In 2005, Hutchison assumed the chairmanship of the Science and Space Subcommittee of the Commerce Committee, overseeing NASA and the National Science Foundation. Hutchison was instrumental in establishing The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). It forms the centerpiece of her effort to obtain research and development funding and to promote Texas as a science state. After her efforts to raise the profile of Texas research at universities and colleges, Texas moved to third in the nation in receipt of federal research and development expenditures.
Hutchison is a proponent of visas for skilled workers. In 2000, she voted to nearly triple the number of foreign high-tech workers.
First Elected:June 5, 1993
Committees: Appropriations; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Rules and Veteran’s Affairs
Prev. Occupation:Attorney, Journalist, Bank Executive, Small Business Owner
Prev. Political Exp.:TX House, 1973-77; TX Treasurer, 1991-93
Education:BA University of Texas, 1964; JD University of Texas, 1967