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Richard Bray: Indiana State Senator from Martinsville

Joining the ranks of politicians from Martinsville, Indiana (a list that includes two Indiana governors) is Indiana Senator Richard Bray, a long term political leader who is no stranger to public office. Born in March of 1931 in Martinsville, Richard Bray is a lifelong Hoosier, military veteran, and family man who still practices law in his home town. Upon his graduation from Martinsville High School, Bray migrated to Bloomington, Indiana to attend Indiana University. He spent a lot of time at the Indiana college; he earned his Bachelor of Arts from IU as well as his Juris Doctorate degree.

Before he began his career in Indiana politics, Richard Bray served his country honorably in the United States Army, and later as a major in the Indiana National Guard. However, it wasn’t long before Bray entered the world of legislature. Using his law degree, he was elected to the post of Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney in 1958, a position he held until 1970. Bray returned to his Martinsville law practice after giving up the prosecutor position in 1970, but he couldn’t stay away from Hoosier politics for long. Four years later, he ran for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives, an office which he won. Richard Bray was an Indiana State Representative for 18 years, from 1974 to 1992, and Indiana voters saw fit to push Bray to an Indiana Senate seat in 1992.

Representing Senate District 37 (which includes parts of Owen, Putnam, Morgan, Clay, Johnson, and Monroe counties), Richard Bray has been a member of the Indiana State Senate for eighteen years so far, equaling his term as an Indiana State Representative. Throughout the course of his time in the Senate, Bray has been a member of many committees and councils, including the Appointments and Claims committee, an Energy & Environmental Affairs committee, and is a ranking member of the Indiana State Senate’s Ethics committee. This famous Martinsville person is also the Assistant Majority Caucus Chair, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and is a ranking member on the Commission on the Courts. Married with three children, Richard Bray has somehow found a way to balance an involved life in politics with his family and local law practice.


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