Patricia Torres Ray
|Patricia Torres Ray|
|Minnesota State Senate, District 63|
|2007 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||University of Minnesota|
|Master's||University of Minnesota|
|Date of birth||March 25, 1964|
|Profession||Social Services Consultant|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Ray previously served as a Minnesota State Ombudsperson for Families.
Ray earned her bachelor's and M.P.Aff. degrees from the University of Minnesota. Her professional experience includes serving as a Social Services Consultant/Policy Analyst/Program Administrator for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ray served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Education, Chair|
|• Higher Education and Workforce Development|
|• State and Local Government|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ray served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Jobs and Economic Growth|
|• State Government Innovation and Veterans|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ray served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Health, Housing and Family Security|
Ray's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "Investing in our youngest citizens is the most important thing we do to guarantee the economic and social wellbeing of our community. "
- Excerpt: "My goal is to make health care more available to all Minnesotans: including low-income families, those who are self-employed, and those who cannot afford the health care offered through their employers."
- Excerpt: "I will support policies that seek to protect Minnesota's water, sky and vital ecosystems."
- Excerpt: "I support the expansion of public transportation that will be accessible to all residents of the Twin Cities."
- Excerpt: "I'll support investments in affordable housing to ensure that low and middle income working class residents are able to access stable and safe places to live."
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
Ray won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate District 63. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Patrick Marron (R) in the general election on November 6.
|Minnesota State Senate, District 63, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Patricia Torres Ray Incumbent||81%||36,866|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
|Minnesota State Senate, District 62 (2010)|
|Patricia Torres Ray (DFL)||26671||79.64%|
|Patrick Elgin (R)||6751||20.16%|
|Minnesota State Senate, District 62 (2006)|
|Patricia Torres Ray (DFL)||28,787||81.25%|
|Dan Mathias (R)||6,569||18.54%|
Comprehensive donor information for Ray is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Ray raised a total of $148,771 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.
|Patricia Torres Ray's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota State Senate, District 63||$30,468|
|2010||Minnesota State Senate, District 62||$43,960|
|2008||Minnesota State Senate, District 62||$15,454|
|2006||Minnesota State Senate, District 62||$58,889|
|Grand Total Raised||$148,771|
2012Ray won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $30,468.
|Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Patricia Torres Ray's campaign in 2012|
|Ho, Yvonne Cheung||$500|
|Prairie Island Indian Community||$500|
|Friends Of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Women||$500|
|Committee Of Thirteen Legislative Fund||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$30,468|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Ray won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $43,960.
|Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Patricia Torres Ray's campaign in 2010|
|Mah Mah Wi No Min||$$500|
|Minnesota Teachers Retirement Association||$$500|
|Minnesota Medical Association||$$500|
|Minneapolis Federation Of Teachers Local 59||$$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$43,960|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Ray was not up for election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $15,454.
|Minnesota State Senate 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Patricia Torres Ray's campaign in 2008|
|Total Raised in 2008||$15,454|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2006Ray won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $58,889.
|Minnesota State Senate 2006 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Patricia Torres Ray's campaign in 2006|
|Jane Ranum Senate District 63 Committee||$750|
|Mah Mah Wi No Min||$500|
|Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association||$500|
|Friends of DFL Women||$500|
|Total Raised in 2006||$58,889|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."
Ray and her husband, Jackson, have two children.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
- Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker profile
- "patriciaforsenate," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 25, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Results General Election - Nov. 7, 2006," accessed May 15, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Ray, Patricia Torres." Retrieved June 28, 2013
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Ken Kelash (DFL)
|Minnesota State Senate District 63
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota State Senate District 62
| Succeeded by|
Jeff Hayden (DFL)