She was born in North Platte, Nebraska and graduated from Waverly High School and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hudkins was a member of many Malcolm and Saunders County organizations and a member of both the Nebraska Cattlemen and Nebraska Cattlewomen.
She was elected in 1992 to represent the 21st Nebraska legislative district and reelected in 1996, 2000, and 2004. She sat on the Natural Resources and Transportation and Telecommunications committees as well as chairs the Rules committee.
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- "Nebraska Unicameral Legislature". Sen. Carol Hudkins. Retrieved March 15, 2006.