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10:35 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Hutchison Won't Consider Spot In President's Cabinet

A representative for former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says the Texas Republican would not consider a position in President Barack Obama's Cabinet.

Hutchison served two decades in the Senate before deciding not to seek re-election last year. She was mentioned in one report as a possible successor to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, also a Republican.

Hutchison's executive assistant, Melinda Poucher, said in an emailed statement Friday that Hutchison "would not consider a cabinet position of any kind." Poucher says Hutchison hasn't decided what she'll do next, but expects to pursue a private sector career.

Hutchison is a former top Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Obama has been criticized by some Democrats for not appointing enough women to senior posts.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.