Hutchison was a senator from Texas and was a Republican. She served from 1993 to 2012.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Kay Bailey Hutchison faced an allegation of using state employees and time to conduct political and personal business while Texas State Treasurer. On Feb. 12, 1994, acquitted on all charges in state court after prosecuters refused to present their case against Hutchison due to concerns over admissability of evidence.
|Feb. 12, 1994||Acquitted on all charges in state court after prosecuters refused to present their case against Hutchison due to concerns over admissability of evidence.|
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 from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
Hutchison was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1954 (112th): Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act
- S. 3191 (111th): Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010
- S. 614 (111th): A bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (”WASP”).
- S. 474 (110th): A bill to award a congressional gold medal to Michael Ellis DeBakey, M.D.
- S. 1596 (110th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 103 South Getty Street in Uvalde, Texas, as the “Dolph S. Briscoe, Jr. ...
- S. 370 (110th): A bill to designate the headquarters building of the Department of Education in Washington, DC, as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Federal Building.
- S. 3661 (109th): Wright Amendment Reform Act of 2006
Does 24 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
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%)
Some of Hutchison’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 617 (112th): A resolution congratulating the recipient of the 2012 Heisman Memorial Trophy.
- S. 3639 (112th): ACHIEVE Act
- S. 3532 (112th): Church Plan Clarification Act of 2012
- S. 3533 (112th): Defend and Save Social Security Act of 2012
- S.Res. 512 (112th): A resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of Rice University.
- S.J.Res. 45 (112th): A joint resolution amending title 36, United States Code, to designate June ...
- S. 2338 (112th): Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012
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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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