Richard Ray

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Richard Ray
Richard B. Ray.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byJack Thomas Brinkley
Succeeded byMac Collins
Mayor of Perry, Georgia
In office
Personal details
Richard Belmont Ray

(1927-02-02)February 2, 1927
Fort Valley, Georgia, U.S.
DiedMay 29, 1999(1999-05-29) (aged 72)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1944–1946

Richard Belmont Ray (February 2, 1927 – May 29, 1999) was an American politician from Georgia.

Ray was born in Fort Valley, Georgia, and graduated from Crawford County High School in Roberta, Georgia, in 1944. He then served in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. After the war, Ray was a farmer and local businessman before serving as mayor of Perry, Georgia, from 1964 to 1970. During that time Sam Nunn was city attorney, and after Nunn's election to the United States Senate in 1972, Ray became Nunn's administrative assistant.[1]

In 1982, Ray was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives representing Georgia's 3rd congressional district in 1982. He was re-elected to that position four times.

After the 1990 Census, Georgia picked up a congressional district. Despite this, the Democratic-controlled Georgia General Assembly, seeing a chance to get rid of Newt Gingrich, dismantled his old 6th District and shifted much of the southern portion of Gingrich's old territory into Ray's Columbus-based district. However, the new territory was considerably more urban and Republican than Ray's old territory. Ray lost to Republican state senator Mac Collins, a resident of the former Gingrich territory, by almost 10 points. Proving just how Republican this district now was, no Democrat has cleared the 40 percent mark in the district since Ray left office (it was numbered as the 8th District from 2003 to 2007 before becoming the 3rd again in 2007).

After his congressional service, Ray resided in both Byron, Georgia and Alexandria, Virginia. He died in 1999 in Macon, Georgia.


  1. ^ Michael Barone and Grant Ujifusa (1991). The Almanac of American Politics 1992. Washington, D.C.: National Journal. pp. 307–309. ISBN 0-89234-051-7.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jack Thomas Brinkley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Succeeded by
Mac Collins