September 16, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Senator Victor Ramirez

As the Maryland Senate joins in National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, there is no better individual to honor than Senator Victor Ramirez (the first Latino man to serve in both the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate).

Born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1974, Ramirez would move to Prince George’s County as a child. He’d attend Northwestern High School before making his way to Frostburg State University (B.A., International Business/Spanish, 1996) then the St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D., 2001). He’d begin a career in the law shortly thereafter and at the same time begin his tenure in public service.

Ramirez would seek and win election to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2002. He’d serve in the House from 2003-2011 as a member of both the Ways & Means Committee (2003-2006) and the Judiciary Committee (2007-2011) also rising to a position of leadership of Deputy House Majority Whip (2007-2011).

The 2010 election would see Ramirez successfully win election to the Maryland Senate. His tenure in the Senate would be highlighted by positions of leadership including service as the Co-Chair of the Maryland Democratic Hispanic Caucus (2004-2019), Senate Chairman of the Workgroup on Death with Dignity and membership on the Judicial Proceedings Committee (2011-2012, 2015-2019), the Finance Committee (2013-2014), the Executive Nominations Committee (2017-2019), the Joint Committee on Federal Relations (2015-2019), and the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics (2015-2017).

For his legislative efforts, Ramirez would receive the Civic Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County in 2012. Following that award, Ramirez wouldn’t stop but he’d continue his work on behalf of the people of Prince George’s County. He’d leave the Maryland Senate in 2019, but he still serves in a number of a number of service and volunteer capacities. These avenues for service include membership on the Board of Community College Trustees for Prince George’s County, membership at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly, and coaching youth soccer at the Cheverly Boys and Girls Clubs.

Clearly former Senator Victor Ramirez had a ground-breaking tenure in the Maryland Senate and he has prominently taken his place in the history of Maryland’s leaders and in the history of the service and justice. If you’d like more information on Senator Ramirez, you can find it by clicking here. For more information on National Hispanic Heritage Month, please visit www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

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