Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN Texas This weekend we lost an extraordinary Texan in Ray Hutchison. His contributions to the state of Texas will positively impact countless Texans for generations to come said Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
From his commitment to developing the North Dallas community to his service in the U.S. Navy and Texas Legislature to his instrumental role in the creation of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Ray was a leader in every aspect of his life.
Anita joins me in sending our prayers and deepest condolences to his wife Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison his children and the rest of Rays family and friends during this difficult time."The Hutchisons met while both were serving in the state legislature. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977.
Ray Hutchison was a tremendous champion and defender of conservative values. 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 said Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.Ray Hutchison served as a driving force behind the creation of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as well as the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). He shepherded the issuing of bonds to build a new Parkland Memorial Hospital. He has long been recognized for his handling of the efforts to finance the building of many of the major professional sports facilities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Ray Hutchison headed up the early 1970s effort to move the MLBs Washington Senators to Arlington. That led to the creation of the Texas Rangers. Ray Hutchison was elected as chairman of the Texas Republican party in 1976. He stepped down the following year to run for governor.