Ray Pilon is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.  Ray and his family moved to Sarasota in 1975 from Michigan.

In November of 1996, after a career in law enforcement and experience in the private sector as an Executive VP for a major cable company, Mr. Pilon won the support of the citizens of Sarasota County by being elected countywide to the Board of County Commissioners, representing District 1. He was one of five commissioners responsible for policy decisions affecting over 300,000 residents.

Carrying over his knowledge of the political arena, in 2001 Ray joined the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority (PRMRWSA) as their Community and Government Affairs Director. In that capacity he helped coordinate the efforts of the four county commissions making up the Authority: Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte. In addition, Mr. Pilon maintained rapport with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and its basin boards. He was successful in establishing capital funding for the Peace River Water Authority and its ongoing regional water expansion, including the development of future alternative, reliable and sustainable water resources. Ray retired from Peace River as Communications Director.

In 2010 Ray Pilon was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, District 72, and was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. While a member of the Legislature, Pilon’s emphasis was on water resources and water quality as a member of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy and Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as the Select Committee on Water Policy.  He also worked diligently as a member of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Judiciary Committee on criminal and juvenile justice reform.

Ray is active in the community and has been involved with many service and non-profit organizations. He also holds memberships in several fraternal and professional organizations. Ray is married to Casey, has two grown sons, Sean and Chad, and two grandchildren.

Ray Pilon is currently the owner of Pilon Strategic Planning and Consulting.