Ramón Valadez is a native Tucsonan who graduated from Wakefield Middle School and Pueblo High School. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1989, earning aBachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE). He is happily married and the proud husband of Lucia Lagarda, and they have two sons, Fernando and Daniel. His active community service began while in high school, which helped prepare him for his future service as an elected official. He focused his attention and involvement on the needs of children and youth, and as a result he was appointed by Arizona Governor Rose Mofford to the State Task Force for Runaway and Homeless Youth. He was also appointed to serve as a Board Member for Open Inn and Project Yes, both organizations serving children, youth and families.
Ramón Valadez has a distinguished and notable record of governmental service. In 1989, he served as an Executive Management Intern for County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom, conducting research and preparing reports on a variety of administrative and legislative matters. He was recruited to serve as an Assistant for U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini, where his assignments included meeting with governmental officials throughout the state on relevant federal issues. In 1991, he became a Staff Assistant for U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor, working closely with governmental officials, business leaders and constituents in Southern Arizona. In 1994, he became a Special Staff Assistant for Supervisor Dan Eckstrom, responsible for a wide range of constituent services. In 2003, he was appointed as a cabinet member and as a Senior Staff Assistant for Southern Arizona by Governor Janet Napolitano, where he provided essential constituent services and represented the office at governmental sessions, community meetings and special events.
Ramón Valadez was elected by voters to the Arizona House of Representatives (1996-2000), and the Arizona State Senate (2000-2002). With his election to the House in 1996, he made history as he became the first freshman to serve on the Ways and Means Committee. He was reelected in 1998, and his key assignments included membership on the Commerce, Government Operations, Human Services and Rules Committees. He was elected in 2000 to the Arizona State Senate and served as Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, the Banking and Insurance Committee, and as a member of the Commerce Committee. He was reelected to the State Senate in 2002, but resigned just prior to being appointed a cabinet member by Governor Janet Napolitano as the Senior Staff Assistant for Southern Arizona.
Ramón Valadez currently serves as Chair and formerly was Vice Chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors. He was unanimously appointed as County Supervisor on September 30, 2003. He was elected to a four-year term in November 2004, and reelected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. His official responsibilities include providing legislative and executive leadership for a local governmental entity with 5,900 employees and an annual budget of more than $1.3 billion. His duties include the approval of all budgetary revenues and expenditures funded by local, state and federal sources. He is the longest serving current member, and is a two-time Chair of the Pima Association of Governments Regional Council (PAG) and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Governing Boards. He is a steadfast advocate for military veterans, and the Kino Veteran’s Workforce Center which assists veterans in securing jobs and employment training. His district encompasses Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Arizona Air National Guard 162nd Fighter Wing, and he has been named an Honorary DMAF Commander Alumnus for the 355 EMS Squadron and a member of the 162nd Air Guardians. He is currently a Commissioner on the Governor’s Military Affairs Commission.