Application for Congressional Commission for Steven B Ray

Contact Information

Full Name

Steven B Ray

Party Affiliation

Democrat

Occupation

Lawyer - self-employed - Steve Ray Law, PLLC; Fort Collins, Colorado

Educational Background

Colorado State University - BA - History - 1971 University of Tulsa - JD - Dec 1973

Zip Code

80525

Background

Professional Background

I've been an advocate/ trial attorney for individuals since 1975 starting as a Marine Corps judge advocate. I later became a Marine Corps court-martial judge. I have served in the role of a litigation and courtroom advocate for individuals for 45 years. I have no experience organizing, representing, advocating for, or considering the interests of groups, organizations or associations of Colorado.

Past Political Activity

2020 General Election: contributions to Diane Mitsch Bush, Hickenlooper, Biden, Crowe. 2016 General Election: I don't recall, possibly Clinton campaign.

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Hearts and Horses Board of Directors (equine rehabilitation primarily for disabled children).

Statement

It's an important job. The effects last a long time, affecting a lot of people. I have the personality and experience to help produce an end product that is abjectly fair. Despite my age advantage, I have no illnesses and take no pills. I have the energy this assignment requires.

Statement on Working with Consensus

My career has been in the field of Justice - which is a very close relative of Fairness. I'm a quiet and objective listener. In my advocacy experience I've found there is value in listening to my opponents' perspective. I have found it common that to some degree and to some extent they had something that was right. I have a calm personality - not one to get overly excited in tense situations which I imagine the work of this commission can generate. I am a good public speaker and have good advocacy skills to present the points that are critical to a decision on redistricting. My tenure as a court-martial judge was 10-years. That, together with having handled cases for the defense as well as for plaintiffs in lawsuits has given me a good balance.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

Each of the hundreds or more cases I've handled as a lawyer has required investigation, gathering of information, consultation with experts , witnesses, and my client towards finding the truth that can then be advocated. For each case it has been, and continues to be, ongoing analysis and application of reason.

Demographics

Racial categories the applicant identifies with:
Caucasian
Applicant identifies with the following gender

male