To celebrate UT's 115th Commencement, The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison-a celebrated graduate of The University, a recipient of UT's 1995 Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate-will address degree candidates and their guests. The great-great-granddaughter of a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Senator Hutchison has risen quickly in the U.S. Senate to key positions of leadership. Elected to the Senate in 1993 for a partial term and again in 1994 for a full term, she now serves as Deputy Majority Whip and is a member of not only the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, but also the influential Senate Appropriations Committee, where she has become a strong advocate for federal funding of basic research at UT and other universities. As Texas State Treasurer from 1990 to 1993, she reduced her agency's budget more than any other state official while increasing returns on Texas' investments. She has won numerous awards and earned widespread recognition for her contributions to our country and state.
Senator Hutchison maintains close ties to her alma mater, serving on the UT Law Foundation Board of Trustees and the UT Development Board. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Exes. With her husband, Ray, she funds two scholarships at UT, the Ray and Kay Bailey Hutchison Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law and the Texas Exes Award of Recognition. In 1995, she was honored as an outstanding alumnus by both The University of Texas at Austin and the UT School of Law. Her permanent residence is in Dallas.
17 March 1998
The University of Texas at Austin
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