Kay Bailey Hutchison Doesn't Feel Retired

The former senator is just as busy in the private sector.

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After nearly two decades as the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, walks to the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, to give her farewell speech.

Newly-retired Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, says she doesn't feel retired at all. "It's just as hectic as ever, it's just different," she gushes. "It's so interesting because I was looking forward to having a real life, but I haven't had it yet."

Instead, Hutchison has a variety of things going on, including making frequent visits to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Latin American Law at the University of Texas at Austin and promoting her third women's history book, "Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas," at this weekend's National Book Festival in Washington.

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The return trip to the District didn't make her miss her old job.

"I loved my time in Congress," she told Whispers. "I don't miss Congress, but I certainly miss being hands on to do everything I can to support those who have done so much to protect our country."

The military talk didn't come up simply because of Monday's Navy Yard shooting, but because Hutchison was awarded a Naval Heritage Award Wednesday night at the Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Awards Dinner.

The shooting did hit home, however, as the lawmaker compared it to one that took place in her home state of Texas.

"It brought back the memories of Fort Hood and the tragedy that our people, on our own bases, are not even able to know that they're safe," she said. "It's just an unspeakable horror."

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