Assemblyman James Ramos visited students at Alta Vista Innovation High in the Inland Empire last month, with 80-95 students and families attending. He expressed his appreciation to our students for sharing their stories with them and let them know that he too came from humble beginnings and overcame many obstacles in his life to get where he is today.
Ramos is a lifelong resident of the San Manuel Indian Reservation and a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe. He is the first Californian Indian to be elected to the California State Assembly. As a child, he lived with his family in a mobile home in an area that was one of the most poverty-stricken in the country.
"It doesn't matter where you start, it's where you're going," Ramos told students. "Remain dedicated, persevere through all the challenges you face and lean on your support systems." Read more about Assemblyman Ramos' story.