The great-great-granddaughter of Charles S. Taylor, one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Hutchison holds the distinction of being the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. She first served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and one term as Texas State Treasurer before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1993. In her tenure there, Hutchison has worked tirelessly on issues of importance, such as national security, veteran medical treatment, and education. A highly popular public servant, Senator Hutchison plays a vital role in shaping policy through her voice on various committees and commissions, such as the Appropriations Committee and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. She is certainly the qualified author of her recent book, “American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country.”