Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says she will stay

SAN ANTONIO, TX (KTRE) – Saying that she has "always tried to do what is best for Texas," U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, (R-TX) announced today that she will remain in the Senate to help fight for Texas and against the unprecedented expansion of the federal government. Hutchison was joined at the announcement by the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and fellow Texas Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

"For family reasons, I had planned to begin making a transition home to Texas this spring," Hutchison said. "But it is clear to me that the stakes in our nation's capitol have never been higher. President Obama's victory on health care legislation has emboldened those who want an even bigger and more intrusive federal government."

Hutchison noted that she has heard from significant numbers of constituents and colleagues since the March primary, urging her to stay in the Senate to complete her full term which ends in 2012. She also received a letter signed by every Republican member of Congress from Texas saying: "if you will stay and fight, we will fight alongside you."

A recent web poll asked: "Should Texas Congresswoman Kay Bailey Hutchison remain in the U.S. Senate?"  A little over 52% of the respondents said, "yes," 37.5% said, "no," and just under 10% had no opinion.

Hutchison said that the ongoing debate on health care, as the true costs come to light over the next months and years, and the proposed cap and trade legislation, which would devastate the Texas economy, promises to get more intense in the months ahead.

"On a personal level, this has been a most difficult decision, but after much deliberation, I have decided to complete my term. I will work alongside our great Texas congressional delegation to repeal and replace President Obama's massive health bill, to stop cap and trade legislation and to cut the deficit the President is building that is putting our economy in peril."

The decision comes after losing the primary election for Texas governor.  The 66-year old Hutchison will serve out her third term, which ends in 2012.

U.S. Senate candidate John Sharp released this statement regarding Sen. Hutchison's decision to stay in the Senate:

"I certainly enjoyed visiting with Texans for the last year and a half and learning about their concerns as we waited for Kay Bailey Hutchison to resign. I hope she's learned what I've learned from this experience which is people are sick and tired of business as usual and the bitter partisanship of Washington DC . It is time to put the country ahead of both political parties."

Hutchison had previously said she would resign her seat.  The reversal comes after 20 Texas republican House members signed a letter last month urging her to stay in the Senate.  Hutchison lost the Republican primary race for governor earlier this month to Gov. Rick Perry, who now faces Democrat Bill White in the November general election.

Hutchison is the Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

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