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Joan Bray

Joan Bray, executive director of the Consumer Council of Missouri.

Former Missouri Senator Joan Bray is stepping down from the consumer advocacy group she helped revive a decade ago.

Bray, who represented University City as a Democrat for 18 years in the Missouri Legislature, will retire as executive director of the Consumers Council of Missouri, the group announced last week. She helped reinvigorate the long dormant group in 2005 and served on the board until taking over as executive director in 2013. Term limits forced her out of the Legislature in 2010.

The Consumers Council advocates for ratepayer-friendly utility policies and also monitors health care and personal finance issues in Jefferson City and other levels of government.

“Although I’m retiring… I plan to stay involved as an advocate for consumers through volunteer and other professional activities,” Bray said in a statement.

The group is conducting a search for a new leader, and Bray expects to stay in her position until the board chooses a new leader.