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Southern Consulting Associates: 

                    Where Success Is A Habit.


At Southern Consulting Associates, Inc., we

stand at the intersection of old-fashioned hard

work and the latest institutional knowledge. 

Here, successful results matter. Trusting us

with your business means gaining a partner who is well-equipped to win for you, using proven

skills realized through years of experience.


Ray named to Mississippi Top 50 for second consecutive year.

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From the routine to the complex, Southern Consulting can help you navigate the unpredictable and sometimes confusing world of state and local government to

achieve your organization’s goals.

Public Policy • Government Relations • Business Consulting • Lobbying 

Sandy Ray

Chief Executive Officer

     Sandy S. Ray brings nearly 25 years of experience in the political arena in both state government and politics in the state of Mississippi and throughout the southeast. Sandy is a registered lobbyist and has assisted clients in legislative lobbying spanning throughout many sectors including insurance, economic development, state bond acquisition, state agency management and regulatory issues.  In addition to lobbying and regulatory affairs, Mrs. Ray specializes in human resource management, non-profit organization, campaign management, and grass roots organization and fundraising.  


     Mrs. Ray, a native of Cleveland, MS, began Southern Consulting Associates in the summer of 2004. In 2007, as part of her business, Sandy assisted with the campaign for Mississippi’s Insurance Commissioner and was asked to come aboard the administration after a successful election. Shortly thereafter, she was named Chief of Staff for State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. It would be a role she would occupy until 2018 before she decided to again devote her full attention to her personal business, Southern Consulting Associates, Inc.


     Prior to opening her consulting business, Mrs. Ray served as Executive Director for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta, Children’s Division Liaison for the Office of the Attorney General, and as a Coordinator in the Division of Continuing Education at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. In addition to being featured in multiple publications, Sandy was named to the Delta Business Journal’s Top 50 under 40 and has been selected as a 2020 and 2022 MSTop50 Lobbying and Government Relations category honoree.  


Public Policy • Government Relations • Business Consulting • Lobbying 


Public Policy · Government Relations · Business Consulting · Lobbying

     Southern Consulting Associates ensures your organization a plan tailored to your specific needs. The goal is almost always the same, but the process can vary greatly; SCA takes a flexible approach knowing that is always what's necessary in order to achieve each client’s goals and to advocate on their behalf. 


     Every day, governments make decisions with far reaching implications that impact businesses, industries, cities and counties. Having a state lobbying presence is a critical component in advocating to important stakeholders, and having the right lobbyist will ensure timely responses to government actions impacting your organization. We facilitate successful results such as bonds for economic development projects and other types of state funding, or positive regulatory changes.


     Our plan for you will be individualized, specific, and dynamic. Whether you need fundraising or campaign expertise, board room and human resource strategies, or assistance passing, amending or defeating legislation, we are the firm you want on your side.




US SENATOR, Cindy Hyde-Smith

“Sandy Ray has always been a solid political resource for me.  She’s a hard worker and diligent in seeking successful results. Well respected.”


MS Commissioner of Insurance and

State Fire Marshal, Mike Chaney

“I have called her ‘shortstop’ since she came to work for me. That nickname is perfect for her because, one, she is short, but really I call her that because there isn’t much that gets past her.” “Sandy will succeed at whatever she sets her mind to.  I have no doubt about that.  I have seen her decision-making abilities, and she will decide what needs to be done and then go straight ahead to accomplish it.” - The Cleveland Current Newspaper


Marty Stuart, Multiple Grammy Award winner,

American Country Music Singer-Songwriter 

“Collaborating with Sandy Ray and her firm to help the Congress of Country Music project seek and secure state bond funds was truly a game changer.  She worked so hard for us.  She put her heart into the task and I suspect she would do the same for anybody she chose to work with.  I have no doubt that we will be calling upon Sandy Ray for years to come.”


Transportation Commissioner (Central District), 

Willie Simmons

“I have known Sandy since she first appeared in our state capitol over 20 years ago.  She has worked her way up with integrity.  She is absolutely one of the most trustworthy lobbyists and public policy professionals in Mississippi.  We have all depended on her knowledge and guidance at some point.  I am glad to know her and call her friend.”


MS Speaker of the House, Philip Gunn

“I have worked with Sandy for many years in various capacities in state government.  She has always been diligent, thorough, and prepared.  It is a pleasure to work with her.”




"Today’s lobbyist must have a firm grasp of their client’s industry and objectives and be able to identify and then find legislative allies to reach a win/win solution. It’s not just about cozying up to legislators and buddying around with them. To be effective you have got to be educated on the issues and maintain the trust of an elected official when they come to you about an issue.” - Sandy Ray, Delta Business Journal, November 5, 2020

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Sandy Ray named to the 2022 Mississippi Top 50 in the

Lobbying Category


"Mississippi Top 50 is an annual list of the people who are judged to be the most influential leaders in the state.  This bipartisan selection of leaders comes from the ranks of elected and appointed officials, economic development professionals, business, media and government affairs."  -For full article, click here - 

Sandy Ray named to the 2020 Mississippi Top 50 in the

Lobbying Category


"Mississippi Top 50 is an annual list of the people who are judged to be the most influential leaders in the state.  This bipartisan selection of leaders comes from the ranks of elected and appointed officials, economic development professionals, business, media and government affairs."     -For full article, click here - 

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Sandy Ray is Moving MS Politics

"Sandy is a very intelligent, highly motivated, respected, charismatic rainmaker" - Mike Chaney, Bolivar Bullet, November 25, 2020

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"Lobbyist:  Legislative Update" by Sandy Ray

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822 Aberdeen Cove

Madison, MS 39110







"One of the finest compliments I have ever been given came recently from a very influential legislator who told me, ‘You just have a gift to get others to see all sides of the issue, and you are able to do so in a friendly manner without attacking or being misleading. I have worked with very few in all my years who are able to conduct themselves that way and get the results you do.' "  Sandy Ray 



Strong track record. Proven results. If success matters to you, give us a call.

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