Political Highlights: Texas House, 1973-76; National Transportation Safety Board, 1976-78; sought Republican nomination for U.S. House, 1982; Texas treasurer, 1991-93; U.S. Senate, 1993-2013; sought Republican nomination for governor, 2010 Born: July 22, 1943; Galveston, Texas Residence: Dallas Religion: Episcopalian Family: Husband, Ray Hutchison; two children Education: U. of Texas, B.A. 1992; U. of Texas, J.D. 1967 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1993 (3rd full term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science - Ranking Member; Defense; Energy-Water; Labor-HHS-Education; Military Construction-VA; Transportation-HUD); Commerce, Science & Transportation; Rules & Administration
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.