Ray has had an extensive and distinguished career in US politics, serving as a staffer for various US representatives from the late 1970s until the mid-1990s.
Ray won election to represent Illinois in the House of Representatives
from 1995 until 2009 for the Republican party.
Nominated by President Barack Obama, he served as Secretary of Transportation from 2009 to 2013. During his tenure, he oversaw the
construction or replacement of 350,000 miles of highway, repair of
20,000 bridges and renewal or construction of 6,000 miles of rail track.
As Secretary for Transportation, Ray was in overall control of an agency with 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget.
Ray currently serves as Senior Adviser to The Dirksen Congressional
Centre and is co-chair of Building America’s Future, which pushes for
improvements in the nation’s infrastructure.