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Patricia Torres Ray

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Patricia Torres Ray
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Minnesota State Senate, District 63
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayMarch 25, 1964
ProfessionSocial Services Consultant
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Patricia Torres Ray (b. March 25, 1964) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 63. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006. Ray is a former Majority Whip.

Ray previously served as a Minnesota State Ombudsperson for Families.

Biography

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.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ray served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ray served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Ray's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Education

  • Excerpt: "Investing in our youngest citizens is the most important thing we do to guarantee the economic and social wellbeing of our community. "

Health care

  • 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."

Environment

  • Excerpt: "I will support policies that seek to protect Minnesota's water, sky and vital ecosystems."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "I support the expansion of public transportation that will be accessible to all residents of the Twin Cities."

Housing

  • 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."

Elections

2012

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.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Torres Ray Incumbent 81% 36,866
     Republican Patrick Marron 19% 8,636
Total Votes 45,502

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Ray won re-election to the 62nd District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Patrick Elgin ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 62 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Patricia Torres Ray (DFL) 26671 79.64%
Patrick Elgin (R) 6751 20.16%
Write-In 68 0.20%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Ray won election to the 62nd District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Dan Mathias (R).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 62 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Patricia Torres Ray (DFL) 28,787 81.25%
Dan Mathias (R) 6,569 18.54%
Write-In 76 0.21%

Campaign donors

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.[5]

Patricia Torres Ray's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 63 Won $30,468
2010 Minnesota State Senate, District 62 Won $43,960
2008 Minnesota State Senate, District 62 Not up for election $15,454
2006 Minnesota State Senate, District 62 Won $58,889
Grand Total Raised $148,771

2012

Ray won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $30,468.

2010

Ray won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $43,960.

2008

Ray was not up for election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $15,454.

2006

Ray won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $58,889.

Scorecards

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."[6]

2013

Ray received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 39th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[7]

2012

Ray received a score of 29% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 41st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]

2011

Ray received a score of 8% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 57th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[9]

Personal

Ray and her husband, Jackson, have two children.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Kelash (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 63
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State Senate District 62
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Jeff Hayden (DFL)