"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy
Pike County District Attorney
Ray Tonkin was raised in Pike County and has been serving in the Pike County District Attorney’s office for 15 years. Ray has earned a reputation as a criminal justice visionary to fight crime with an aggressive forward-facing strategy aimed at tough prosecution for a safer community.
Ray started his professional career as a police officer in the region more than 20 years ago. Ray worked his way through the criminal justice system as an assistant district attorney before being elected the District Attorney of Pike County. Ray is the first full-time District Attorney in Pike County.
Since being in the District Attorneys office, Ray has obtained eight murder convictions at trial (100% conviction rate), made dramatic improvements to County victim services, increased Meagan's Law convictions, strengthened DUI enforcement in the county, is spearheading a central court program to allow police to spend more time patrolling our communities, co-founded the Pike County Elder Abuse Task Force to protect seniors from abuse, improved child abuse investigative techniques, created a veterans program criminal diversion initiative and improved drug investigations and prosecutions.
Ray is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Scranton. Ray holds numerous professional memberships & appointments and is an active volunteer in his community.
Ray leads a District Attorney’s Office of 11 employees, including 3 attorney’s with a budget of over $1,000,000.00