Richard Adams Cordray is an American lawyer and politician. He served as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2012 to 2017.
Who is Richard Cordray?

Richard Adams Cordray is an American lawyer and politician.  He served as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2012 to 2017. Additionally, he served as Ohio’s Attorney General, Solicitor General, and Treasure. He was the nominee for Governor of Ohio in 2018. He is a Democrat.

Richard Cordray Personal Details
Full NameRichard Adams Cordray
Nick NameRichard
Date of Birth3 May 1959
Age61 years old
Birth Place Columbus, Ohio, United States
Zodiac SignTaurus
Political PartyDemocratic
EducationMichigan State University (BA)Brasenose College, Oxford (MA)University of Chicago (JD)
ProfessionLawyer, Politician
Marital StatusMarried
SpousePeggy Cordray
Social Media Instagram / Twitter / Facebook
Net Worth$2 Million (approx.)
Richard Cordray Age, Birthday

Richard Cordray was born on 3rd May 1959 in Columbus. He is sixty-one years old as of October 2020. He celebrates his birthday on the 3rd of May, every year. 

Richard Cordray Family

Richard Cordray was born as a middle child in Columbus, Ohio, and was raised in Grove City. He has two brothers Frank Jr. and Jim. His father retired as an Orient Development Center program director. His mother, Ruth Cordray was a social worker and teacher.

 Richard Cordray Education, Early Life

Richard Cordray attended public schools in Groove City. During school days, he became a champion on the quiz show In The Know and worked at McDonald’s for minimum wages. In 1977, Richard graduated from high school. His first job in politics was as an intern for John Glenn, United States Senator as a junior at Michigan State University’s James Madison College. He earned Phi Beta Kappa honors and graduated with a BA in Legal and Political Theory from James Madison College in 1981. He earned an MA with first-class honors from Brasenose College, Oxford in Economics. He earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1986. He also served as editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review.

Richard Cordray Career

Richard Cordray began his career working for Robert Bork, Byron White, Supreme Court associate justices, and Anthony Kennedy. Later, he was hired by the international law firm Jones Day. Richard Cordray taught various courses at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and at Georgetown University from 1989 to 2000. 

Richard Cordray ran for Ohio State House of Representatives seat in 1990. He defeated Don Gilmore, a Republican candidate, receiving 61 percent of votes. In 1993, Richard was appointed as the first Solicitor General by the Ohio Attorney General. In 1994, he left his job and began to work for the private practice of law. While in private practice in 1998, Cordray ran for Ohio Attorney General. He also ran for United States Senate in 2000. And in 2002, he was elected Franklin Country treasurer and re-elected in 2004. In 2006, he was elected Ohio State Treasurer.

In 1992, Richard  Cordray ran for Ohio’s 15th Congressional district U.S. House of Representatives election. He won the election receiving 78 percent of the vote and defeating Bill Bucket, the Democratic candidate. In early 1996, he was elected to Ohio Democratic Party Central Committee. Richard Cordray was unopposed in the primary election for the Democratic nomination on May 7, 2007, as Franklin Country treasurer. He won the general election defeating Wade Steen, a Republican candidate. In 2004, Cordray was re-elected for a four-year term receiving 64 percent of the vote. As Franklin Country treasurer, Richard Cordray focused on tax revenue, finance education, creation of a land bank, and development of outreach programs.

On June 11, 2008, Cordray announced his candidacy for Ohio state attorney general. He won the election and was elected as Ohio Attorney General in November 2008. On December 15, 2010, Elizebeth Warren, a Special Advisor to President Barack Obama selected Cordray to lead United States CFPB. On November 2, 2010, Cordray was defeated by Mike Dewine for his re-election. On July 17, 2011, he was selected as the head of the entire CFPB. President Obama renominated Richard on January 24, 2013, as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Richard Cordray was mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2014 gubernatorial election of Ohio. But he denied racing in election after being confirmed to a five-year term to head of CFPB. 

Cordray announced his candidacy for the 2018 Governor election for Ohio on December 5, 2017. On May 8, 2018, he won the primary election. But Cordray lost the general election to Mike Dewine, a Republican candidate on November 6, 2018. He has announced his resignation as director of the CFPB just before his announcement to run for governor, on November 15, 2017.

Richard Cordray Wife, Children

Richard Cordray married Peggy Cordray, a law professor at Capital University Law School on July 11, 1992. The couple has twins kids, a son, and a daughter. Currently, Richard along with his family resides near Grove City, Ohio.

Richard Cordray Net Worth

Richard Cordray is estimated to have a net worth of about $2 million. His primary income sources are from being a politician and lawyer.

Richard Cordray Other Facts
  • Richard Cordray served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Friends of the Homeless.
  • Richard Cordray is an undefeated five-time champion and Tournament of Champions semifinalist on Jeopardy. He won $45,303 from the show in 1987.
Richard Cordray Social Media Accounts

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Twitter: @RichCordray

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Facebook: @RichCordray

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