A lifelong resident of Somerset County, Raymond Bateman was born in Somerville on October 29, 1927, and graduated from Somerville High School in 1945. He received a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1950 and attended the graduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University in 1950 and 1951. He was an associate editor of Forbes magazine in 1951-53; in 1954, he was named at 29 years of age as executive director of the Republican State Committee. He won Somerset County’s single Assembly seat in a 1958 special election and served as Assembly majority leader in 1965. In 1967, he was elected to an open Senate seat and served as Senate president and acting governor in 1970, 1971 and 1972. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 1977, losing to Governor Byrne by 1,184,564 to 888,880 votes. After retiring from the Legislature, he was president of Public Affairs Consultants, a government relations firm and served in a variety of nonprofit positions, including as the long-time Chairman of the Raritan Valley Community College Board of Trustees. Bateman passed away on June 25, 2016 at the age of 88.
Interview on January 11, 2007 – Transcript available here (pdf)
Interview on February 13, 2007