Ray was first elected to the House of Commons as a Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament on October 14, 2008. He represents the riding of Palliser, which is located in the Province of Saskatchewan and includes the city of Moose Jaw, part of Regina, and several rural communities.
In Parliament, Ray is currently sitting as a member of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. 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, and the Steel Caucus. He previously served as Chair of Saskatchewan Regional Caucus and he also has served as a Member of the Standing Committee on National Defence, Standing Committee on the Status of Women, Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament and the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations.
Prior to being elected as a Member of Parliament, Ray was an educator and consultant. He also served two terms as Mayor of Moose Jaw (1994-2000) and was elected as a trustee to the Prairie South School Division Board of Education in 2005.
Ray is known for leading the Boughen Commission: Financing Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education, for the Province of Saskatchewan. In fact, Ray has worked for 35 years in Saskatchewan’s education system; as a guidance counsellor, teacher, vice-principal of an elementary school, principal of Peacock Collegiate, director of education, registrar and director of provincial examinations and student records. In 1993, he opened a consulting firm, Educational Consulting and Counselling Services.
Aside from his contributions to Saskatchewan’s education system, Ray has 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, 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. Finally, Ray served as the Interim President and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority.
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.