Thursday, January 13, 2011

Senator Hutchison will not Seek Reelection

Senator Hutchison announced today that she will not run for reelection in 2012, marking the end of her career in the United States Senate which began in June of 1993.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison began her career as a state representative from the Houston area in 1972. In 1990 she was elected Texas State Treasurer. In 1993, in the special election to fill the unexpired term of Lloyd Bentsen, she tied with Senator Bob Krueger out of a field of 24 candidates and ultimately won the runoff by 67%.

While Senator Hutchison and I have disagreed on issues, I have always found her to be straightforward and honest. She has never been a politician who tells you what you want to hear. That is a rare commodity in today’s political climate. Senator Hutchison was always willing to meet, to discuss issues in detail, and to consider all sides. She is also, in my opinion, one of the hardest-working elected officials in D.C. A tireless advocate for Texas, Senator Hutchison never stops working to strengthen our military, support our veterans, and supply the resources needed to make Texas competitive in every arena, whether it be our universities or NASA. I’ll never forget the prominent Texas flag in the corridor leading to her Senate office in D.C. She truly has a heart for Texas.

Please join me in thanking Senator Hutchison for her decades of service, and also for announcing in such a timely manner, allowing potential candidates ample opportunity to prepare for the 2012 campaign.

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