Steve Ray has a strong background in communications, politics, government and economic development. A well-known author and journalist, Mr. Ray won numerous journalism awards over a 25-year newspaper career, that included stints at the San Antonio Express News, the Corpus Christi Caller Times and other weekly and daily publications.
He retired from journalism as the Capitol Bureau Chief for Scripps Newspapers in Austin. While working at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and as the Bureau Chief for Harte Hanks and Scripps Newspapers, Mr. Ray was involved in the operations of the Scripps Texas Poll, one of the region’s premiere polling operations. After leaving Scripps, Mr. Ray served as Deputy Executive Director for Information and Planning at the Texas Department of Economic Development during the administration of Gov. George W. Bush before leaving to form his own governmental affairs and consulting firm.
Mr. Ray continues to be actively involved with his company Steve Ray Associates, which also does work on advocacy and surveying projects with local governments, corporations, and nonprofits across the state, and has worked with groups such as the Texas Rural Caucus, Texas Conservative Coalition, the Texas Association of Business. Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and Texans for Lawsuit Reform on various projects.
He has twice been named one of the best political consultants in Texas by Capitol Inside Newsletter. The first designation came in 2008 after Mr. Ray spearheaded the comeback efforts of Corpus Christi State Rep. Todd Hunter, who defeated incumbent Juan Garcia after a 12-year hiatus from the legislature. Hunter, who in 2017 will be serving his ninth nonconsecutive term, has served as Calendars Chair since 2011 and is known for his efforts on insurance, tort reform and civil jurisprudence.
Mr. Ray was also honored for his work with Kingsville State Rep. J.M. Lozano, helping to win consecutive campaigns in 2012, 2014 and 2016 in districts, which many thoughts could not be won by the Republicans. It was not the only difficult race, Mr. Ray was able to help win. In 2010, he led the campaign of former representative of the Republic of Jose Aliseda, when he defeated the existing Republic of Yvonne Gonzalez Tourilles in a swing.
In the same year, Mr. Ray was considered the greatest political anxiety in the country when he directed the campaign in the USA.
Blake Farenthold defeated the 27-year-old operator in the republic, which Republicans never wore. Then he was the director of the Reg district. Farenthold, before he left for other positions in the campaign. Mr. Ray was also a lobbyist on issues such as pharmacy, judicial reform, education and gale.
Born in Oklahoma, Ray attended Hillsboro and Hereford High Schools and graduated with bachelors in communication with
Southern Nazarene University. He is the father of five children and seven grandchildren who live in Texas.