Richard Peña Raymond was born in Alice, Texas, in Jim Wells County on October 27, 1960, and raised in Benavides, Texas (pop. 1,600). A graduate of Benavides High School, he attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in government with a minor in history.
He also received a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Richard and his wife, Michelle, live with their three children in Laredo.