Ray Garofalo is a commercial developer and business attorney from St. Bernard Parish who represents District 103 in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Ray’s District includes all of St. Bernard Parish, all of the east bank of Plaquemines Parish, and the eastern most part of New Orleans East.
Geographically, Ray’s District is the largest in the State and encompasses all of coastal southeast Louisiana from the Mississippi River to the Mississippi State line. Because the District is arguably the area that is eroding the most quickly into the Gulf of Mexico, Ray’s number one concern is coastal protection and restoration.
Thus, Ray has been very active with coastal activities. Because of Ray’s dedication and commitment, he was appointed to and serves on:
- Chairman of The Joint Hurricane Recovery Oversight Committee
- The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Finance Corporation
- The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation
- The Governor’s Oyster Advisory Committee
- The Joint BP Claims Oversight Committee
- The Southern States Energy Board
In addition to his ad-hoc committee assignments, Ray serves on the House:
- Natural Resources and Environment,
- Civil Law and Procedure, and
- Judiciary standing committees.
Ray is a graduate of Holy Cross High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Ray resides in Meraux, Louisiana with his wife, the former Joan Seibert. Ray and Joan have three children:
- Ray, III, a real estate agent and employee of Ray’s development company,
- Rayne, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Chalmette Elementary School, and
- Remy, a student at LSU.
Ray won the state House position in the general election held on November 19, 2011.