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James C. Ramos


Picture of James C. Ramos
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-2018 Democratic AD-40 77585 Win
11-03-2020 Democratic AD-40 111885 Win
11-08-2022 Democratic AD-45 45194 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: January 29, 1967 at the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, CA
Married: Theresa "Terri" (m. ~1990)
Children: Four

2003: Candidate for San Bernardino City Unified School District Board (Lost)
2005-2012: Member, San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees
2008-2018: Member, California State Native American Heritage Commission
2009-2012: Chairman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
2011-2018: Member, California State Board of Education
2012-2018: Member, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors


  • LEGISLATIVE PAY: As of January 2022, Ramos was the lowest-paid member of the State Assembly (having declined all pay increases since his arrival in the legislature).
  • A number of sources have cited Ramos as the first Native American to serve in the California State Legislature. In fact, Ramos was the first member of a California Native American tribe to serve in the California State Legislature. Todd Gloria, elected two years before Ramos, is a member of the Tlingit Haida Tribes of Alaska, and is the earliest known Native American to serve in the California State Legislature.