Ray Hutchison, a Dallas bond lawyer who shaped the city through borrowing for infrastructure projects and the husband of former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, has died. He was 81.
He died on March 30 at a Dallas hospital from heart complications, the Associated Press reported, citing Lindsey Parham, a family spokeswoman.
A partner in the Dallas office of what today is the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Hutchison was a practicing attorney for more than five decades.
As bond counsel, he was instrumental in the development of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and stadiums for the National Football League’s Cowboys and Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, the firm said in a statement on its website. Hutchison led the negotiations that resulted in the 1972 move of the Washington Senators baseball team to Arlington, Texas, where they became the Rangers.
Hutchison was active in Republican Texas politics as party chairman and a candidate for governor. In March 1978, he married another Republican, the former Kathryn Ann Bailey, who would represent the state in the U.S. Senate from 1993 through 2012.
“We’ve lost a brilliant bond lawyer who had a transformative effect on how the bond business is done in Texas,” Robert Estrada, chairman of Dallas-based Estrada Hinojosa & Co., the second-largest advisers to municipal bond issuers in the state, said in a telephone interview. “He wrote or ghost-wrote most of the bond laws passed by the Texas Legislature that allow governments to do what they have done.”
Elton Ray Hutchison was born in Texas on Sept. 16, 1932. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with honors in 1957 and earned his law degree from the school in 1959, according to a biography on his firm’s website.
Hutchison served in the Texas Legislature from 1973 to 1977.
“Ray was a leader in every aspect of his life, and his contributions to the state of Texas will positively impact countless Texans for generations to come,” Texas Governor Rick Perry, said in a prepared statement.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Bailey Hutchison, and a son, Houston Taylor Hutchison, who the couple adopted as infants in 2001. He also is survived by two adult daughters, Brenda and Julie, from a previous marriage.