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Sen. Hutchison Will Serve Out Her Senate Term

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By BJ Austin, KERA News

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Dallas, TX – Republican Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced she will serve out her term in U-S Senate and reverse her plans to resign her seat. Texas Public Radio's Terry Gildea reports from San Antonio.

Hutchison recently ran for the GOP gubernatorial nomination and lost to incumbent Rick Perry. During her campaign for Governor, the Senior Senator from Texas vowed she would resign her seat to focus on that race, but she never did. After her defeat rumors swirled that she would still resign, but on Wednesday in San Antonio she announced she will serve the final two years of her third senate term.

Hutchison: My experience will be better used fighting this effort of the President and Congress to do so much that it's really taking away the essence of America in my opinion. So for the long-term for my children I think it is better that I stay and serve out my term.

For weeks, Republicans in congress have been publicly calling for Hutchison to stay. The entire Republican Texas Delegation signed a letter to her hoping to sway her decision. She holds ranking seats on several powerful committees in the Senate, including appropriations which controls legislative spending. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky joined Hutchison and Texas Senator John Cornyn at the press conference.

McConnell: Well if you sense an audible sigh of relief in the air it's every single republican in the U-S Senate conference - who greatly values Kay Hutchison's leadership, intelligence and effectiveness.

Hutchison vowed to continue fighting the policies of President Obama and a congress controlled by democrats. She did not say if she will run for a fourth term in 2012 and didn't answer any questions from reporters.