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Kay Bailey

For over three years, Kay Bailey Hutchison served as the United States Ambassador to the National Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in Brussels, Belgium. During her term, she focused on the importance of U.S. leadership in the Alliance and strengthening the transatlantic bond that provides the security umbrella for Europe and North America. From 1993 to 2013, Kay represented the State of Texas, in the United States Senate. She was elected, by her peers, to chair the Republican Policy Committee, making her the fourth-ranking member of the Republican Leadership in the U.S. Senate. She was the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Chair of the Military Construction Subcommittee on Appropriations. Kay served two terms as Chair of the Board of Visitors at The U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While in the Senate, she co-authored significant legislation, including Reauthorization and Reform of NASA, with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), and the Hutchison-Mikulski legislation, establishing a new retirement vehicle called the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA. From 1991 to 1993, Kay was the Texas State Treasurer, where she proposed limits on State debt, which the State Legislature adopted. She also led the effort to successfully defeat a State Income Tax. She is the author of three books, including the bestseller, American Heroines, (William Morrow, 2004). In 2013, the Dallas City Council named the City’s Convention Center in her honor. Her alma mater named its Energy Center, The Kay Bailey Hutchison Energy Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and is a collaboration between the McCombs School of Business, the UT School of Law, and the Cockrell School of Engineering. Kay earned a B.A., from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.

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