In 2002, Ray became a judge in Gwinnett, where he started the county’s first drug court. He presided there until Gov. Nathan Deal put him on the state appeals court.
“Judge Billy Ray is a lifelong Georgian who has served our state well throughout his distinguished career on the bench and in the state legislature,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said. “President Trump has selected an exceptional Georgian to fill this seat on the federal bench, and I congratulate Judge Ray on his confirmation.”