Paul Ray

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Paul Ray
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Utah House of Representatives District 13
Incumbent
In office
2001 - 2003, 2005 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position (current service)9
Years in position (previous service)2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayOctober 25, 1966
Place of birthPeru, IN
ProfessionLoan Officer, Credit Union
ReligionLDS
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
For the 2012 Michigan state house candidate, see Paul Ray (Michigan).

Paul Ray (b. October 25, 1966) is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Ray was a candidate for the Utah State House of Representatives in 1998 but was not elected. He joined the Utah House in 2001 and served in that position until 2003. He ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2002.

Biography

Ray attended Sports Medicine courses at Indiana University from 1985 to 1988. His professional experience includes working as a police officer from 1987 to 1988, branch manager of a bank from 1988 to 1995 and loan officer at a credit union since 1995.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ray served on the following committees:

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services, Chair
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Rules

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

Execution

In May 2014, Ray announced his plans to introduce legislation reinstating the firing squad as a method of capital punishment in Utah. The state banned such executions in 2004, saying it gave inmates too much attention in the media. Ray defended the move, saying "It sounds like the Wild West, but it's probably the most humane way to kill somebody."[1]

Campaign themes

2014

Ray's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Family

  • Excerpt: "As your state representative, Paul will support legislation that fosters the role of the family in society, gives more rights to parents, and promotes positive youth activities."

Crime Prevention

  • Excerpt: " Paul feels keeping people safe in their homes and on the street is government's highest duty. Passing more laws is not always the solution. We need to enforce existing laws and take a look at what programs are working, then make sure that law enforcement has the funds necessary to implement them."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Paul supports legislation that will provide for more accountability, class size reduction, competitive teacher salaries, and quality teaching materials for the classroom, while also giving more decision-making power to the local level."

The Future

  • Excerpt: "When representing you, Paul will make decisions based on future generations. Each day residents find themselves sitting in more traffic, experiencing more air pollution, and losing more open space. Paul supports legislation that provides for planned growth. Such a plan pushes Utahns to consider ideas like Legacy Highway, commuter rail, land preservation, and clean air and water policies."

Elections

2014

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Bob Buckles was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Incumbent Paul Ray defeated Lorenzo Swank in the Republican convention. Buckles will face Ray in the general election.[3]

2012

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ray won re-election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 13. Ray defeated Mark Sessions and Lorenzo Swank in the Republican convention and defeated K. Bradley Asay (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [4]

Utah House of Representatives, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ray Incumbent 69.2% 8,256
     Democratic Bradley Asay 30.8% 3,667
Total Votes 11,923

2010

On November 2, 2010, Ray won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives, District 13.[5]

Utah House of Representatives, District 13 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Ray (R) 6,837
Ben F Wofford (D) 1,960

2008

On November 4, 2008, Ray won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives, District 13.

Ray raised $24,740 for his campaign while Wofford raised $460.[6]

Utah State House of Representatives, District 13 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Ray (R) 11,014 72.9%
Ben F. Wofford (D) 4,087 27.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ray is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Ray raised a total of $140,081 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 14, 2013.[7]

Paul Ray's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State House, District 13 Won $21,564
2010 Utah State House, District 13 Won $21,875
2008 Utah State House, District 13 Won $24,740
2006 Utah State House, District 13 Won $19,336
2004 Utah State House, District 13 Won $14,606
2002 Utah State House, District 13 Defeated $9,273
2000 Utah State House, District 13 Won $28,142
1998 Utah State House, District 13 Defeated $545
Grand Total Raised $140,081

2012

Ray won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $21,564.
Utah House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Ray's campaign in 2012
Utah Association Of Realtors$2,000
AstraZeneca$1,500
Astellas Pharma$1,050
Davis County Republican Party$1,000
Pfizer$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$21,564
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Ray won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $21,875.

2008

Ray won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $24,740.

2006

Ray won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $19,336.

2004

Ray won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $14,606.

2002

Ray lost the election for the Utah House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $9,273.

2000

Ray won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $28,142.

1998

Ray lost the election for the Utah House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Ray raised a total of $545.

Scorecards

The Libertas Institute Index

See also: The 2013 Libertas Institute Legislative Index

The Libertas Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank located in Utah.[8] Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.

2010

Paul Ray received an index rating of 67%.

2011

Paul Ray received an index rating of 42%.

2012

Paul Ray received an index rating of 40%.

2013

Paul Ray received an index rating of 32%.

The Sutherland Institute Scorecard

See also: The 2012 Sutherland Institute Legislative Score Card

The Sutherland Institute, "a conservative public policy think tank" in Utah, releases its Scorecard for Utah State Representatives and Senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Sutherland Institute thought were pro-conservative policies.[9]

2012

Paul Ray received a score of 80% in the 2012 scorecard.[10]

Personal

Ray and his wife, Julie, have four children.

Ray was a treasurer for the Davis County Republican Party.

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