Ray Gennawey is a prosecutor, conservative, and a political outsider. Ray was born and raised in Orange County where he now prosecutes violent criminals, fights for victims, and works with local police to clean up our streets. Now Gennawey wants to take the fight to Washington and protect our country from the career politicians in both parties.
Ray has spent his career in law enforcement fighting for the most vulnerable in our society — victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. He swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and he deeply values the trust placed in him by the people of Orange County to serve them.
Ray was recruited directly from Chapman University to be a trial prosecutor for the Orange County District Attorney. As a Deputy District Attorney, he’s earned a reputation as a fair and transparent public servant who seeks truth, not statistics; tempers zeal with kindness; and places the safety of the community above all else. His favorite part of the job is working with juvenile offenders and teaching them how to get back on the right path. Gennawey frequently speaks to groups of elementary school children about the dangers of gangs and drugs. Ray also trains prosecutors and sheriff deputies on DUI prosecutions, making sure those cases never fall through the cracks. He is a respected leader in the law enforcement community and was elected President of the Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys.
Born in Mission Viejo, Ray is a product of our community and has been giving back ever since. He graduated from local public high school and learned early on the importance of public service from his mother, Elaine Gennawey, who dedicated her life to service and volunteer work in Orange County for over 30 years. Ray became an Eagle Scout and was an active youth leader at his church.
The greatest moment of Ray’s life occurred while attending Chapman Law School, except it wasn’t about becoming a lawyer but rather meeting the love of his life, Rachel. Ray proposed to Rachel in front of the Christmas tree in the Orange Circle where they had their first date, and they were married at St. Timothy’s Church in Laguna Niguel, where Ray was an altar boy growing up. Rachel and Ray now live in Irvine, and like many people their age, they face the challenges of student loan bills, rising rent prices, and lengthy commutes.
The Gennaweys know first-hand how hard it is for young families to balance a checkbook, and Ray wants Congress to do the same and finally balance the budget by reining in spending. They strongly believe America needs a new generation of leadership that understands the challenges confronting hard-working Americans of all ages and backgrounds.
Ray is running for Congress to unite our communities behind our common goals of public safety in the face of all threats, foreign and domestic, fiscal responsibility starting with a balanced federal budget, and raising the quality of life for all Americans by bringing new leadership and a prosecutor’s mind to Washington.