Ramon O. Valadez Partner and Southern Arizona Director

Ramon O. Valadez

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Ramón Valadez joined Total Spectrum in January 2021 as Partner and Southern Arizona Director.

Ramón most recently served as Pima County Supervisor for District 2, responsible for providing legislative and executive leadership for a local governmental entity with more than 7,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $1.3 billion. He played a key role in the development and implementation of the Pima County Economic Development Plan, initially implemented in 2009. With the continued development and implementation of this Plan, its efforts have effectively moved Pima County forward through 2020 and beyond.

Since joining the Board of Supervisors in 2003, Ramón was responsible for the approval of cumulative budgets of more than $18.7 billion in revenue and expenditures, managing local, state, and federal funding for courts, libraries, parks, flood control, transportation, sewer facilities, public health, neighborhood improvements, community development and economic development projects. He also represented Pima County on the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) Regional Council and is the longest serving member and a two-time Chair. He also is a three-time Chair of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), which is responsible for overseeing the expenditure of $2 billion in regional roadway improvements, expanded mass transit services, as well as traffic intersection and pedestrian safety infrastructure improvements.

Ramón was elected to represent Arizona’s Legislative District 10 in the State House of Representatives in 1996, during which he served as the first freshman legislator to be appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee, while also serving on the committees for Commerce, Government Operations, Rules and Human Services. He then ran for and was elected to the Arizona State Senate in 2000. As Vice Chairman for both the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, Ramón was responsible for working with the chairman to establish the committee agendas and representing Democratic leadership in committee discussions. He also served as lead negotiator for Senate Democrats on budget negotiations regarding tax and revenue issues. Following his service in the Senate, Ramón served as Special Staff Assistant to Governor Janet Napolitano, responsible for advising the Governor on economic development issues throughout Southern Arizona. Prior to his public service to the State of Arizona, Ramón also worked as district staff for U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini and U.S. Representative Ed Pastor.

A Tucson native, Ramón resides in Sahuarita.