Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson grew up in La Marque, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas and the UT Law School. She was twice elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1990 she was elected Texas state treasurer, and in 1993, she became the first woman elected to represent Texas in the U.S. senate. Seven years later, more than four million Texans reelected her to a second full term. In 2001 she was elected vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, becoming one of the top five leaders of Senate Republicans and the only woman. Senator Hutchinson lives in Dallas with her husband, Ray, an attorney, and their daughter, Bailey, and son, Houston.