Sen. Hutchison receives Distinguished Service Award
CORPUS CHRISTI – For her years of support for Texas agriculture and the Farm Bureau cause, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison received
the organization’s highest honor at Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) 78th Annual Meeting today in Corpus Christi. Hutchison is the first U.S. senator to receive this prestigious award.
“Kay Bailey Hutchison has been long-time friend to Texas Farm Bureau
and our members. For the past 18 years, she has
been a leader in Washington to whom every Texan could turn,” said TFB
President Kenneth Dierschke. “We are delighted to honor her with the
Distinguished Service Award.”
The TFB Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND), Inc., first endorsed
Hutchison in her candidacy for state treasurer
in 1990. In 1993, she won a special election for U.S. Senate—a post she
has held until announcing her retirement this year. During her years of
political service, Hutchison worked to preserve Texas’ natural
resources, financial health and educational future.
“Sen. Hutchison has delivered results for Texas and for Texans,” Dierschke said. “She did things, not for publicity,
but for the benefit of the entire Lone Star State.”
Hutchison worked alongside TFB members and leaders to protect the rights of all Texans. She regularly attended the
organization’s annual meetings and often made presentations to members at various forums.
“Throughout her nearly two decades in the Senate, Sen. Hutchison has
attended more Farm Bureau annual meetings than
she has missed. She has become a regular at our meetings, and we will
miss her,” Dierschke said. “As she prepares to retire from political
service, this award recognizes and expresses our gratitude for her years
of friendship and assistance.”
TFB’s Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate significant contributions to both
Texas agriculture and to the Farm Bureau cause. Recipients are chosen through a unanimous vote of the TFB board of directors.
the course of TFB’s 78-year history, only 28 individuals have been
recognized with the Distinguished Service
Award—formerly called the Meritorious Service Award. Past winners
include current American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President and
past TFB President Bob Stallman, as well as several other past TFB
presidents, a Texas governor and state senators.