Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden on the Passing of Ray Baum

February 9, 2018
Press Release

Greg Walden on the Passing of Ray Baum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released the below statement following the passing of his longtime friend, La Grande native, and Energy and Commerce Committee Staff Director Ray Baum:

“Today, Mylene and I mourn the loss of our beloved friend and La Grande native, Ray Baum. After many years fighting cancer, Ray passed peacefully this morning surrounded by his loving family. Ray and I became fast friends nearly 30 years ago while serving in the Oregon state legislature. Ray followed me as House Majority Leader and went on to serve on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and the Oregon Public Utility Commission where, as the lone Republican, he was named Chairman. During my time at the Energy and Commerce Committee, Ray served as Senior Policy Advisor and most recently as Staff Director of the committee. True to his eastern Oregon roots, he shared his wisdom, guidance, work ethic, and humor with the Members of Congress and staff lucky enough to work with him every day.

“People from Oregon to our nation’s capital are better off because of Ray’s selfless commitment to service. Ray will be deeply missed, but he will never be forgotten.  His legacy of decency, kindness, graciousness, and honor will live on in the hearts and memories of those who were blessed to know him.

“Mylene and I are deeply saddened by Ray’s passing and we keep his wife, Kristine, and the entire family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loss.”