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Richard Ray

Born: Feb 2, 1927

Death: May 29, 1999

Birthplace: Georgia

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Richard Ray

Date of Birth : Feb 2, 1927
Date of Death : May 29, 1999
Birth Place : Georgia

Richard Belmont Ray 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. 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.


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