Adam Gray, a small business owner and former legislative aide, was elected in November 2012 to the 21st Assembly District, which includes all of Merced County and parts of Stanislaus County including parts of Modesto and the communities of Ceres, Newman and Patterson.
Gray learned common sense values like hard work and responsibility while growing up in Merced, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. Adam’s strong roots in the agricultural community began with his grandparents. His grandfather, Ernest Denault, established a local business, Merced Dairy Supply, serving the Valley’s growing dairy industry. The business continued to thrive under Adam’s father, Robert Gray. Adam’s first job at the dairy supply store was washing storage barrels and loading feed bags, an experience that helped him learn about the local economy from the ground up.
Gray attended public schools in Merced and was a member of Golden Valley High School’s first graduating class. He worked his way through college, splitting time between the dairy supply store and Merced Community College, before furthering his education at UC Santa Barbara.
Inspired to serve his community, Gray returned to Merced to work with then Assemblymember, and former Congressman, Dennis Cardoza. Gray collaborated with Cardoza to promote the Valley’s agricultural heritage and protect its economy. At the time, farmers were plagued with soaring energy prices, rolling blackouts, low rainfall and low-cost imports flooding the market. Gray helped exempt fuel and farm equipment from the state sales tax, otherwise known as the “Tractor Tax,” which encouraged farmers to upgrade their equipment and save jobs. He also worked on legislation to provide tax incentives to small businesses, and to protect family farms from scrap metal theft.
Most recently, Gray helped pass a law that provides tax credits to first-time homebuyers and protects homeowners against fraudulent loan modifications.
Gray lives in Merced, where he managed a small public affairs and communications firm and served as a course assistant/lecturer on the state legislature at UC Merced.