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Kay Bailey Hutchison

U.S. Senator from Texas Contributor, CNBC TV & Advisor on Foreign and Security Policy

Kay Bailey Hutchison is a business woman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She served in the U.S. Senate for 20 years, representing the state of Texas. She served in the Senate leadership, having first been elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Conference and later elected…

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Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison was sworn in as the Permanent Representative of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on August 15, 2017. In this position, she was responsible for holding the alliance together and mapping out a strategy for how the United States works with Russia and China specifically in the world in general. From 1993-2013, she served as a U.S. Senator from Texas and was also elected to a Senate leadership position. Ambassador Hutchison gained extensive international experience and developed a deep understanding of NATO as a Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She also served as Chairman of the Military Construction Subcommittee and as a Member of the Defense Subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee. In honor of her service as Senator, the Dallas Convention Center was renamed the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, the first major convention center in the country named for a woman. She served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Prior to assuming her duties, Ambassador Hutchison was a prominent attorney at Bracewell, LLP, an established international law firm in Dallas, Texas. Ambassador Hutchison also served in the Texas House of Representatives, as the Texas State Treasurer, and as Vice Chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. She has written three books, including Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas, Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers, and the Bestselling American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country. Ambassador Hutchison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas and a degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law. She calls Dallas home and has two children.

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