Former Congressman Ray McGrath (R-NY), who served for six terms in the House of Representatives, joined The Livingston Group in January 2016. Mr. McGrath was most recently a partner in the Downey McGrath Group, where he had been involved in all of the major legislative issues of recent years, notably the budget and deficit battles, the Affordable Care Act and financial services reforms. On January 1, 2016, he launched The McGrath Group and serves as its President.
Ray McGrath’s distinguished record of public service began as a Member of the New York State Assembly, where he was a driving force in helping reform the state’s Medicaid system. In 1980, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served the people of New York’s 5th District.
As a Member of Congress, Ray McGrath served on the Government Operations and Science and Technology Committees. In his third term, Ray won a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee.. During his eight years on Ways and Means, Ray developed an expertise in tax, trade and health care issues. He was one of the chief architects of a provision in the 1986 tax bill to preserve state and local tax deductions, and served on the Health Subcommittee for six years.
Following his Congressional service, Ray served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Beer Institute, a trade association representing more than 300 industry members worldwide. In this position, Ray represented the industry before Congress and state legislatures on a broad range of issues ranging from taxes to advertising regulations to transportation. Under his leadership, the industry developed programs to promote health awareness and address underage drinking and drunk driving. In addition, he served as Director of the Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation.
Recognizing Ray's expertise on health-related issues and his years of work representing amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson twice requested that Ray serve as a member of his official delegation traveling to Africa to examine the impact of the AIDS pandemic and sought his counsel on this and other vital issues on an ongoing basis.
In addition to his broad experience in, and knowledge of, health care issues, Ray's personal experience as the father of a hearing impaired child has made him a passionate advocate for issues associated with hearing impairment. Working on behalf of a client, he achieved major changes in reimbursement policy related to these issues, and won important National Coverage Decisions at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). At the Department of Education, his work with the client brought significant policy modifications for hearing impaired students.
As President of the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill (the Capitol Hill Club), Ray knows, works with and socializes with all members of the Republican caucus. He continues to maintain close relationships with former colleagues on both sides of the aisle. His years of experience give Ray a special kinship with the leadership in both houses of Congress, since many Senators began their careers in the House alongside Ray.