Ray has built a prolific career around caring for his community as a teacher, principal, consultant, and two-term mayor of Moose Jaw. Ray has brought a wealth of experience, knowledge, and solid Saskatchewan values to Ottawa on behalf of the people of Palliser.
Ray was first elected to the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament on October 14, 2008, and re-elected on May 2, 2011. He represents the riding of Palliser which includes the city of Moose Jaw, the southwest quadrant of Regina, and several rural communities.
Currently, Ray is a member of the Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development as well as Canadian Heritage. He previously served as a member of the Standing Committees for National Defence and the Status of Women, Library of Parliament, Official Languages and Scrutiny of Regulations.
Ray is also a member of the Canadian-NATO Parliamentary Association, the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, the Post-Secondary Education Caucus, the Steel Caucus and the Automotive Caucus.
After being elected as the Member of Parliament for Palliser in 2008, Ray was elected by his peers as chair of the Saskatchewan caucus for the House of Commons.
He served two terms as Mayor of Moose Jaw (1994-2000). During his tenure as mayor, he created a vision for a revitalized Moose Jaw and represented the ‘Friendly City’ in negotiations that brought the National Flight Training School to Canada, a program which continues today at 15 Wing.
Finally, Ray served as the Interim President and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority where he completed negotiations for the United Airlines flight to/from Chicago.
In Saskatchewan, Ray is known for leading the Boughen Commission: Financing Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education which recommended (and was implemented by the Saskatchewan government in 2004) that the province should develop a fairer system of funding from the treasury, and committ to a long-term solution to lowering education property taxes in Saskatchewan.
Ray has worked for 35 years in Saskatchewan’s education system; as a math teacher, vice-principal of an elementary school, principal of Peacock Collegiate, and registrar and director of provincial examinations and student records.
Aside from his contributions to Saskatchewan’s education system, Ray sat as co-Chair of the Moose Jaw Multiplex Builders Inc. and Chair of the Zion United Church Council. He has served as Vice-President for Cities for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), as Chair of the 1996 Saskatchewan Summer Games, and as Saskatchewan Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. He is also a former charter member of the Wakamow Rotary Club and a current member of the Moose Jaw Rotary Club. He was elected as a trustee to the Prairie South School Division Board of Education in 2005.
Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Science degree from the Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University), majoring in counselling psychology and educational administration.
Ray is married to Sandy. Ray and Sandy are avid sports fans and long-time season ticket holders of their two favourite teams – the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He has two grown children, Ryan & Patti, and 10 grandchildren.