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Sen. Kay Hutchison

Former Senator for Texas

Hutchison, a Republican, was a senator from Texas from 1993 to 2012.

Photo of Sen. Kay Hutchison [R-TX, 1993-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hutchison is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Hutchison sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hutchison was the primary sponsor of 23 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hutchison sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (23%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Taxation (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Social Welfare (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Hutchison’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Hutchison’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Nay On the Nomination PN30: Robert David Mariani, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Oct 19, 2011. Nomination Confirmed 82/17.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea H.R. 2647 (111th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010
Oct 22, 2009. Conference Report Agreed to 68/29.
Yea H.R. 2 (111th): Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
Jan 29, 2009. Bill Passed 66/32.
Nay H.R. 5501 (110th): Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act ...
Jul 16, 2008. Bill Passed 80/16.
Yea H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jun 1993 to Jan 2013, Hutchison missed 207 of 6,573 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: