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Mar 31, 2014 1:30 PM by Associated Press

Ray Hutchison, Prominent Texas Lawyer, Dies at 81

DALLAS (AP) - Attorney Ray Hutchison, a former legislator, gubernatorial candidate and the husband of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, has died. He was 81.

Michelle McCormick, spokeswoman for the Houston-based law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, confirmed that Hutchison died Sunday. A family spokeswoman, Lindsey Parham, says he died at a Dallas hospital of heart complications.

The firm said in a statement released Monday that Hutchison for more than 50 years served as counsel to state and local governments on development projects. He was involved in the development of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and other prominent projects in the state.

Hutchison was a chairman in the 1970s of the Texas Republican Party and ran unsuccessfully in the 1978 GOP primary for governor.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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