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Legislative Biography -- 72nd (2003) Session

Raymond (Ray) D. Rawson


Clark County Senatorial

District No. 6

Dentist/College Professor




Born:  1940; Sandy, Utah.

Educated:  University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), B.S.; Loma Linda University Dental School, D.D.S.; UNLV, M.A. in Physical Anthropology; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Certificate.

Married:  Linda Downey Rawson.

Children:  Blaine, Mark, Pamela, David, Kristi, Kenneth, Richard.

Hobbies/Special Interests:  Photography, woodworking, water sports, winter sports, hiking/climbing.

Legislative Service:  Nevada Senate, 1985-2003—three special and ten regular sessions; Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader, 1987-1989, 1993-2003; Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader, 1991; Alternate, Legislative Commission, 1985-1986; Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, 1993-2003; Chairman, Senate Committee on Human Resources and Facilities, 1987-1989, 1993-2003; Chairman, Legislative Committee on Health Care:  1987-1988, 1989-1990, 1993-1994, 1997-1998, 2001-2002; Chairman, Task Force for the Fund for a Healthy Nevada, 2001-2002; Interim Finance Committee, 1987-2004; State Issues Committee, Assembly on the Legislature (AOL), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 1985-1986; Vice Chairman, Health Committee, State-Federal Assembly, Science, Technology and Resource Planning Committee, AOL, NCSL; Health and Education Committee, Western Legislative Conference, Council of State Governments (CSG); Executive Committee, Education Commission of the States; Steering Committee, Reforming States Group, CSG; Chairman, Children, Families and Health Committee, Assembly of State Legislatures, NCSL; Nominating Committee, NCSL, 1996; Member, Reforming States Group, Milbank Memorial Fund, 1991-2001.  Chairman, Reforming States Group, Milbank Memorial Fund, 2002; NCSL Health Chairs Committee; NCSL Children, Families and Health Committee; NCSL Economic & Cultural Development Committee; CSG West Fiscal Affairs Committee; CSG West Western Water Policy Committee; CSG Health Capacity Task Force; Executive Commissioner, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE); American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), 1995.


Affiliations:  American Board of Forensic Odontology; American Board of Oral Medicine; American Dental Association; Federation Dentaire International; Nevada State Dental Association; Clark County Dental Association; American Academy of Forensic Sciences; Parent Teachers Association; American Society of Forensic Odontology; American Legislative Exchange Council; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; American Association of Dental Schools; Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis; Fellow of International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.


Personal and Professional Achievements:  Public Health Award, Nevada Public Health Association; Community Hero, National Conference of Christians and Jews; President, American Board of Forensic Odontology; Chairman, Odontology Section, American Academy of Forensic Sciences; Chairman, Scientific Program, Odontology Section, American Academy of Forensic Sciences; Adjunct Associate Professor of Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine, and Forensic Dentistry, Northwestern University School of Dentistry, Chicago, Illinois; Full Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, UNLV; Adjunct Professor, Departments of Pathology and Family Medicine, University of Nevada School of Medicine; Visiting Faculty, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; Editorial Review Board, Journal of the American Dental Association; Editorial Board, International Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology; Recipient, Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America (BSA); Faculty Award of Merit, Clark County Community College; District Award of Merit, BSA; Award of Noteworthy Promise in Research, Loma Linda University; Distinguished Service Award, Pierre Fauchard Academy; Legislator of the Year, Nevada Association of Social Workers; Dentist of the Year, 1997; Clark County School District, Crystal Apple Award for Exemplary Civic Leadership, 1999; Leadership Recognition Award, American Association of Dental Schools, 1999; Meritorious Service Award, School-Community Partnership Program, Clark County, 2000; Certificate of Achievement, Clark County Anti-Tobacco Task Force, 2000; Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000; 2000 GEM (Generous Endowments-Good Efforts Matter) Award, Outstanding Leadership in Drafting Children’s Diabetes Program, Nevada Diabetes Assoc. for Children, 2000. Adjunct Professor, University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dentistry; Legislator of the Year, American College of Emergency Physicians; Best Dentist Award, Las Vegas Life Magazine; Man of the Year Award, Family-to-Family Connection, Clark County, Nevada; Director, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, Oral Health Access Grant Program; Appointed a Member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health, Department of Health & Human Services.


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