Steve Ray is a journalist, lobbyist and political consultant. He is also a well-known author and journalist, winning numerous journalism awards over a 25-year newspaper career that ended with his retirement as the Capitol Bureau Chief for Scripps Newspapers in Austin.
After leaving Scripps, Mr. Ray served in the administration of Gov. George W. Bush as deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Economic Development before leaving to form his own governmental affairs and consulting firm.
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.
In 2010, Mr. Ray was credited with the country’s biggest political upset when he directed the campaign of now U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold defeating a 27-year incumbent in a district Republicans had never carried. He has twice been chosen the top political consultant in Texas by Capitol Inside newsletter for his work on the campaigns of State Reps. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, and J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville. Mr. Ray has served helped win political campaigns in numerous counties across the Coastal Bend.
He continues to be been 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.
Mr. Ray has also been a lobbyist on issues including pharmacy, lawsuit reform, education and windstorm.Born in Oklahoma, Ray attended Hillsboro and Hereford High Schools and graduated with a bachelors in communications from Southern Nazarene University. He is the father of five children and seven grandchildren, all of whom live in Texas.