Assembly Rules Chair Formally Launches 2024 Campaign
Highland, CA – Today, Assemblymember James Ramos (D-Highland) announced that he is seeking to be re-elected to represent California’s 45th Assembly District. Ramos was elected in 2022 to represent the newly drawn AD 45. The district includes the communities of Fontana, Highland, Mentone, Muscoy, Redlands, Rialto, and San Bernardino.
In announcing his re-election bid, Assemblyman Ramos released the following statement:
“As a former member of the State Board of Education, San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, and Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, I am proud of the work that I have been able to accomplish in serving the community,” stated Ramos. During my time in the Legislature, I championed common sense solutions that keep our communities safe, address homelessness, and improve our local economy.”
Ramos’ re-election campaign is already supported by a diverse coalition of elected officials, labor organizations, business organizations, and community leaders. A partial list of his supporters include:
Advance Native Political Action Fund
CalFire Local 2881
California Association of Realtors
California Association of Highway Patrol
California Police Chiefs Association
California Professional Firefighters Association
California State Council of Laborers
IBEW Local 477
Inland Empire Labor Council, AFL-CIO
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Joint Council 42
Iron Workers Local 433
LiUNA Local 783
Redlands Police Officers Association
Redlands Professional Firefighters
Rialto Police Benefit Association
San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters
San Bernardino Police Officers Association
Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association
Southwest Mountain Regional Council of Carpenters
Teamsters Local 1932
Federal, State, County, and Local Officials
Congressman Pete Aguilar
Speaker Robert Rivas
San Bernardino County Supervisor Joe Baca Jr.
San Bernardino County Supervisor Jesse Armendarez
San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus
San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre
Highland Councilmember Jesse Chavez
Redlands Councilmember Denise Davis
Redlands Councilmember Mario Saucedo
Redlands Mayor Pro Tem Paul Barich
Rialto Councilmember Andy Carrizales
Rialto Councilmember Ed Scott
Rialto Councilmember Rafael Trujillo
San Bernardino Mayor Helen Tran
San Bernardino Councilmember Jaun Figueroa
San Bernardino Councilmember Theodore Sanchez
San Bernardino Police Chief Darrin Goodman
Dr. Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers
San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustee Dr. Anne Viricel
San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustee Gloria Harrison
San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustee Joesph Williams
San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustee John Longville
San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education Member Dr. Scott Wyatt
Fontana Unified School District Board of Education Member Adam Perez
Rialto Unified School District Board of Education Member Edgar Montes
Rialto Unified School District Board of Education Member Evelyn Dominquez
Statement from Supporters
“James is an independent voice in Sacramento for our communities. He has been instrumental in securing millions of dollars to improve mental health programs, increase workforce training, and supporting our first responders,” stated San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Joe Baca Jr.
San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus expressed his support for Assemblyman Ramos stating, “James has been a champion for law enforcement and protecting our communities from violent criminals. He has my full support.”
“Firefighters can count on Assemblyman James Ramos. He continues to fight for the resources and tools we need to keep our communities safe,” stated Liz Brown, Cal Fire Local 2881 District Vice President.
Assemblymember James C. Ramos, a lifelong resident of the San Manuel Indian Reservation in San Bernardino County, is a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe.
Ramos, the first California Native American to serve in the California State Assembly, was elected on November 6, 2018.
As a child, he lived with his family in a mobile home in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in San Bernardino County. To help support his family while attending school, he worked in fast food restaurants and as a janitor in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Ramos went to local public schools and graduated from San Gorgonio High School. He understood the importance of education. He received an Associate of Arts degree in business at Victor Valley College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting at California State University, San Bernardino, and a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Redlands.
Ramos’ commitment to public service led to a number of firsts: first Native American appointed to the State Board of Education; first Indian to serve on the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees; first Native American elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and later first Native American board chair.