Richard Belmont Ray ( born February 2, 1927 in Fort Valley, Crawford County, Georgia; † 29 May 1999 Macon, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1983 and 1993 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Richard Ray attended the public schools of his home, including the Crawford County High School, graduating in 1944. Between 1944 and 1946 he served in the final stages of World War II in the U.S. Navy. He then worked from 1946 to 1950 as a farmer and then until 1972 as a businessman. Politically, Belmont was a member of the Democratic Party. From 1964 to 1970 he served as mayor of Perry in Houston County. In 1969 he was president of the Association of Cities of Georgia ( Georgia Municipal Association). Between 1972 and 1982, Ray worked on the staff of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn.
In the congressional elections of 1982, Ray was in the third electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jack Thomas Brinkley on January 3, 1983. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1993 five legislative sessions. For the 1992 elections, he was defeated by Republican Mac Collins.
After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, Ray retired from politics. He lived in Byron and in Alexandria ( Virginia). Richard Ray died on 29 May 1999 in Macon.