Ray Walter was first elected to the New York State Assembly on November 8, 2011. His district includes the Towns of Amherst and Pendleton, and the Village of Williamsville. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Minority Steering Committee and as the Ranking Minority Member of the Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce, and Industry Committee. Ray also serves on the Insurance, Housing, Health, and Ways & Means Committees. For nearly 10 years, Ray built a successful career in the private sector before going back to school and pursuing a law degree at the University at Buffalo. He clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office and for an area law firm after serving as a research assistant for the Erie County Charter Revision Commission. He graduated magna cum laude, was admitted to practice, and has worked for Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP since 2007. In 2009, Ray was appointed and later elected to the Erie County Legislature where he served until his election to the New York State Assembly. Ray is an active participant in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He has served on the Amherst Traffic Safety Board, the Erie County Cultural Resources Advisory Board, the Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation, and the County Executive’s Council on Economic Development. He currently serves as a coach for Amherst Youth Basketball and Lou Gehrig Little League Baseball. Ray is the proud father of two boys. Raymond is a senior at Williamsville North High School and Jack who is starting fifth grade at Casey Middle School.