Roberts, Ray, 1913-1992


Roberts, Ray, 1913-1992


Bio: Ray Roberts (b. Herbert Ray Roberts, March 28, 1913, Collin County, near McKinney, Texas-d. April 13, 1992, Denton, Texas), politician, attended Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College, North Texas State University, and the University of Texas. He served in the United States Navy, 1942-1945, and United States Naval Reserve. Roberts was on the staff of Speaker Sam Rayburn of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1941 to 1942, and a member of the Texas State Senate from 1955 to 1961. On January 30, 1962, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sam Rayburn. Roberts was reelected nine times, serving from January 30, 1962 to January 3, 1981.


L-R: Speaker Sam Rayburn, Rep. Ray Roberts, Allan DeGroot, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson welcomes Rep. Ray Roberts at airport, Washington DC, 2/4/1962. Photo # 62-2-34. Pre-Presidential Photo Collection, LBJ Presidential Library. No source information available: copyright restrictions may apply.


LBJ Connection: Long-time friend of LBJ; Staff, National Youth Administration, Texas; Member, Texas State Senate, 1955-1962; U.S. Congressman, Texas, 1962-1981