U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison discusses the promising future of women's politics with Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today."
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Kay Bailey Hutchison is the senior U.S. Senator from Texas, currently serving her third term. She is the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and is a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. In 2012, Senator Hutchison was unanimously elected chairman of the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, having previously served as chairman twice. In 2011, Senator Hutchison announced that she would not run for re-election in 2012, opting instead to retire after completing her third term in the Senate.
Senator Hutchison began her political career in state politics. In 1972, she won a seat in the Texas legislature, becoming its first Republican woman, and went to Washington in 1976 for a top job at the National Transportation Safety Board. She returned to Texas in 1978 and became a small business owner while remaining active in Republican politics, eventually being elected Texas state treasurer in 1990. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election in June 1993, making her the first—and, to date, the only—woman elected to represent Texas in the Senate. In 2000, she and several colleagues co-authored Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate, and she has subsequently authored American Heroines: The Spited Women Who Shaped Our Country as well as Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers. She earned both her BA and JD from the University of Texas. Senator Hutchison lives in Dallas with her husband and their two adopted children.
Susan Page is Washington Bureau Chief for USA TODAY. She is also the immediate past president of the White House Correspondents' Association. She joins the journalists' roundtable each week on CNN's Late Edition, a public-affairs and interview program broadcast live on Sundays at noon and Tuesdays at 10 p.m., and regularly guest-hosts The Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio. She also appears on other radio and television programs.
Page has received numerous national awards for her reporting. They include the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency, the Merriman Smith Award for Deadline Reporting on the Presidency, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington Correspondence (shared).
A native of Wichita, Kansas, she received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Daily Northwestern. She received a master's degree from Columbia University, where she was a Pulitzer Fellow.
She has worked at USA TODAY since 1995. Previously, she covered the White House and national politics for Newsday.
Kay Bailey Hutchison, retiring Republican senior United States Senator from Texas, discusses the path of women to the White House. Hutchison believes that there will soon be a female president, and she wishes timing had afforded her 2012's Republican Primary landscape.