He was a graduate of Duke University and the South Jersey Law School. He served in the United States. Air Force during World World War World War II Kay was elected to the State Assembly in 1953, representing Cape May County, and was re-elected in 1955 an 1957. He did not seek re-election in 1959, but was again elected in 1963.
He was not a candidate for re-election in 1965.
Kay was elected State Senator in 1967, narrowly defeating Democrat Robert Halpin by a 51%-49% margin. He did not run for a second term in 1971.