Ramon Valadez, Class of 1984

Public Service

ramon-valadezramon-valadezRamón Valadez is a lifelong resident of Pima County, graduated from Pueblo High School in 1984 at the age of 16. He attended the University of Arizona, earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989. While at the U of A, Mr. Valadez served as Executive Director of UA Associated Students Speakers Board, and Student Peer Advisor for the UA Office of Minority Affairs.

In 1989, Mr. Valadez embarked on what has become an impressive governmental service career, by being invited to serve as an Executive Management Intern for Pima County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom. Shortly thereafter, he was offered an administrative position of Assistant to the Senator in the office of United States Senator Dennis DeConcini. In 1991, he was invited to serve as a Staff Assistant in the Office of US Representative Ed Pastor.

In 1996, he was elected to serve in the House of Representative for four years and in 2000, he was elected to the Arizona State Senate. In 2003, Mr. Valadez resigned this position in the Arizona State Senate to become Senior Staff Assistant for Governor Janet Napolitano.

In 2003, Mr. Valadez was unanimously appointed to serve as a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors to complete the unexpired term of Dan Eckstrom and has subsequently been elected to this position every four years since. He has received numerous honors and awards.

In 2005, he received LULAC National Presidential and Community Service; the City of Tucson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Men of Vision Award and LULAC Soldado De Cuero Leadership Award. Mr. Valadez is a lifetime member of the Pueblo Alumni Foundation and remains supportive of fellow Warrior students by participating in Si Se Puede Day, and other school functions.

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