Ray Hutchison, Husband of Ex-Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dies

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 02:57 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Ray Hutchison, the husband of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, has died at the age of 81.

Hutchison, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, was a veteran municipal bond lawyer in Dallas who brokered many economic deals that benefited the Lone Star State.

Hutchison helped push the creation of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Area Rapid Transit, according to WFAA-TV News.

He headed the 1970s effort to move the Washington Senators baseball team to the Dallas area. The team was renamed the Texas Rangers.

Hutchison also served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977.

"Ray Hutchison was a tremendous champion and defender of conservative values," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement.

"From serving our great state in the Texas House of Representatives to his work as a chairman of the Texas Republican Party, Ray impressed upon so many others what it means to be a leader."

Hutchison married Kay Bailey in 1978. She was the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

WFAA-TV said Hutchison died of a heart complication.


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