Highland, Calif., November 21, 2019 — The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians today announced its full support and endorsement for the re-election of Assembly Member James Ramos (AD 40). Upon his election in 2017, the former two-term Chairman of his Tribe became the first Native American from a California Indian tribe elected to the State Legislature.
Ramos’ first session in 2018 as Assembly Member was highly productive as Speaker Anthony Rendon appointed him as Chairman of the newly established Select Committee on Native American Affairs. Ramos convened a hearing in August on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, an issue that has plagued California’s Indian tribes as well as other Native Americans in the state for many years.
James sponsored a number of legislative bills addressing issues of importance to the 40th Assembly District, including education, anti-bullying/anti-harassment, victim’s rights, mental health services, suicide prevention, and Native American cultural preservation, among others. The 40th Assembly District includes the cities of Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands and San Bernardino, as well as most of Rancho Cucamonga and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.
A Democrat who formerly served on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors representing the Third District, Ramos also served on the Board of Trustees of the San Bernardino Community College District. He is a community leader and business owner as well as a tribal cultural leader who maintains close ties and commitments to the Serrano tribal culture. James served two terms as San Manuel tribal chairman from 2008 to 2012.
Assembly Member Ramos is a strong and effective representative for the people of the 40th Assembly District and deserves to be re-elected.
About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.