Ray Hutchison

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For the New Zealand cricketer and umpire, see Ray Hutchison (cricketer). For the earlier Texas Republican Party state chairman, see Thad Hutcheson.
Elton Ray Hutchison
Texas Texas State Representative from District 33-Q in Dallas County
In office
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Lee Jackson
State Chairman of the Texas Republican Party
In office
Succeeded by Ray Barnhart
Personal details
Born (1932-09-16)September 16, 1932
Died March 30, 2014(2014-03-30) (aged 81)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Resting place Texas State Cemetery in Austin
Nationality American
Political party Republican

(1) Mary Eleanor Fogelman Hutchison

(2) Kay Bailey Hutchison


Two adopted children from second marriage
Residence Dallas, Texas
Alma mater Southern Methodist University
Occupation Attorney
Senior Counsel with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1952-1954
Battles/wars Korean War

Elton Ray Hutchison, known as Ray Hutchison (September 16, 1932 – March 30, 2014), was an attorney in Dallas, Texas, who served as a Republican in the Texas House of Representatives from District 33-Q in Dallas County from 1973 to 1977[1] and as the chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1976 to 1977. He was the second husband of Republican former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.

In 1957, Hutchison graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University in University Park, Texas. In 1959, he obtained his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the same institution.

Hutchison was senior counsel with the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani.[2] His principal area of practice was public finance#

The 1978 Gubernatorial Primary[edit]

In 1976, Hutchison became chairman of the Texas Republican Party, but he left the nonsalaried position in 1977 to pursue his gubernatorial campaign. In the spring of 1978, he lost his party's nomination to Bill Clements, an industrialist also from Dallas, by a lopsided vote of 115,345 72.8 percent to 38,268, 24.2 percent. Another 4,790 votes or 3 percent went to Charles Thompson. Clements went on to win narrowly the general election by defeating the Democrat John Luke Hill and hence became the first Republican governor of Texas since Reconstruction era of the United States|Reconstruction

Hutchison met his wife, then known as Kay Bailey, when both were state legislators, he from Dallas and she from Houston. Hutchison resided with his wife in Dallas. They adopted two infant children in 2001, a son and a daughter. Both Hutchisons have been previously married. Ray Hutchison has grown children from his first marriage. The couple also owned a home in Nacogdoches, Texas.


Hutchison died on March 30, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.[3]


  1. ^ {http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/mobile/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=636 Texas Legislators Past and Present-Ray Hutchison}
  2. ^ "Bracewell & Giuliani Welcomes New Public Finance Practice | Bracewell & Giuliani". Bracewellgiuliani#com. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  3. ^ #http://www#kvue#com/news/state/Ray-Hutchison-dead-at-81-253237351#html Texas legislator Ray Hutchison dead at 81#

Further reading[edit]

Preceded by
New district
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 33-Q (Dallas)

Succeeded by
Lee Jackson
Preceded by
Chairman of the Texas Republican Party

Elton Ray Hutchison

Succeeded by
Ray Barnhart