Rayfield was born in Orange County, California. After moving to Oregon, he attended Oregon public schools including Linnwood Elementary School, Fowler Middle School, and Tigard High School. Rayfield later graduated from Western Oregon University in 2003 and went on to earn his law degree from Willamette University College of Law.
While in law school Rayfield worked as a clerk with the Benton County District Attorney's Office gaining trial experience prosecuting misdemeanors and DUIIs.
After law school Rayfield began his legal career working for the Weatherford Thompson law firm in Albany, Oregon. His practice initially focused on general civil litigation. In 2007, Rayfield served as the plaintiff's attorney in a high profile case involving a police officer that wrongfully arrested several individuals under false DUII accusations.
Following a successful resolution to the case, Rayfield worked to help pass HB 2318 during the 2009 legislative session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. HB 2318 allowed people who were falsely accused of driving under the influence to remove the false charge from their record. The bill passed unanimously in the Oregon House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor on June 18, 2009.
In May 2009 Rayfield joined the law firm of Nelson & MacNeil. His practice focused on representing individuals with claims against corporations, insurance companies, and other bad actors. In 2014, Rayfield became a partner with the law firm changing the firm’s name to Nelson MacNeil Rayfield Trial Attorneys PC.
Rayfield was sworn in as a State Representative from House District 16 on January 12, 2015.
Legislative Committees and 2015-16 Sessions
During the 2015 Legislative Session, Rayfield served on the House Committee on Rules, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, as Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources, and as Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Government Effectiveness. During the session Rayfield acted as a key facilitator, successfully negotiating a bipartisan solution to shore-up a $30 million shortfall with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife budget.
Following the 2015 Legislative Session, Rayfield was elected by his colleagues to serve as House Majority Whip. During the interim in 2015 Rayfield was also appointed Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety.
In the 2016 Legislative Session, Rayfield sponsored several key bills that were eventually signed into law. In particular, he successfully shepherded legislation extending unemployment insurance benefits for up to an additional 6 months to locked-out workers, which immediately impacted 180 Steelworkers locked-out of the ATI plant in Albany, OR.
Awards and Accolades
Rayfield was named a “Rising Star” by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) in its 2015 Environmental Scorecard. He was recognized by OLCV for his work as Co-Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources, and specifically his efforts to forge compromise to address a $30 million budget shortfall for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In 2015, Rayfield was also chosen by the Council of State Governments West (CSG West), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving state legislators of both parties in 13 Western states, as a participant in its prestigious training institute for lawmakers in their first four years of service.
Rayfield lives in Corvallis with his wife Amanda and their son Adam. His mother was an activist and small business owner that reveled in dragging her son to events promoting progressive causes throughout his youth. His father, a retired Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and commercial insurance executive had more conservative views.
In the community Rayfield has served numerous roles including Commissioner on the Linn-Benton Housing Authority, member of the New Roots Housing Board, Past-President of the Linn-Benton Bar Association, Past-Chair of the Linn and Benton Judicial Screening Committee, Past-President of the Majestic Theater Management Board, former Linn County Peer Court Judge, and former coach of the Oregon State University Mock Trial Team.