|Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee|
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||William Jennings Bryan Dorn|
|Succeeded by||Sonny Montgomery|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 4th district
January 30, 1962 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||Sam Rayburn|
|Succeeded by||Ralph Hall|
|Member of the Texas Senate|
from the district
|Preceded by||Joe Russell|
|Succeeded by||Ralph Hall|
Herbert Ray Roberts
March 28, 1913
Collin County, Texas, U.S.
|Died||April 13, 1992 (aged 79)|
Denton, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Texas A&M University |
North Texas State University
University of Texas
Early life and education
Roberts graduated from McKinney High School. He attended Texas A&M University and North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) before earning a bachelor's degree in agribusiness. Roberts earned his master's degree from the University of Texas. He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945 and later saw active duty in the Korean War while as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Roberts was on the staff of Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn of Texas, working in Washington, D.C., between 1941 and 1942 before going on active duty in World War II. After the war, he worked as a farmer and entered into agribusiness. He was a member of the Texas State Senate from 1955 to 1961, serving as the president pro tempore of the body in 1961.
U.S. House of Representatives
Roberts was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sam Rayburn. He was re-elected to the nine succeeding Congresses, serving from January 30, 1962 to January 3, 1981.
On November 22, 1963, Roberts was in the Dallas motorcade when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He was riding in the same car as the Dallas Mayor Earl Cabell, and the mayor's wife. Their car was four cars behind the limousine carrying JFK. The family of Ray Roberts can confirm that the Warren Commission or any other of its investigation personnel never asked Roberts a single question about the shooting. When Mrs. Cabell testified to the Warren Commission, she stated that shortly after the shots ended Roberts first said, "That is a .30-06." (with Roberts meaning the shot(s) he could hear sounded like they were fired from a .30-06 type of rifle) and that Roberts had told her that he had also smelled the distinct odor of gun smoke (as did Mrs. Cabell and several other motorcade participants and witnesses who were all located down at street level, which was up-wind from the Texas School Book Depository, and 61' to 82' below and varying distances away from its sixth floor)
Roberts was chair of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs from 1975 through 1981. He did not run for re-election in 1980.
Lake Ray Roberts is named after the Congressman.
His official documents from his years in office both in the Texas State Senate as well as the U.S. House of Representatives can be found in the archives at Texas A&M-Commerce, which used to be known as East Texas State University.
His only brother was Roy Geldon Roberts, Sr. of Plano.
- Elizabeth Cabell testimony to the Warren Commission, volume 7, starting at page 485 — The Testimony of Mrs. Earle Cabell. Retrieved 09 August 2012.
- United States Congress. "Ray Roberts (id: R000312)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-03-27
- "Ray Roberts". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
| Texas State Senator
from District 9 (McKinney)
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 4th congressional district
| Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee