Assemblymember James C. Ramos, a lifelong resident of the San Manuel Indian Reservation and member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe, became the first California Native American state lawmaker in 2018. He was also the first on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, and the California Board of Education. A small business entrepreneur, he is former chair of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. His priorities include fostering Native American opportunity and participation and preserving California Native language and culture. He co-founded the San Manuel Band’s Cultural Awareness Program, was director of the annual California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference at California State University, San Bernardino and is past chair of the California State Native American Heritage Commission. Awards include the 2021 Policy and Leadership Award from the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth, the "Keeper of the Light Award" for distinguished contributions to the Inland Empire education community and is a past recipient of Congressional Community Leadership Award. Assemblymember Ramos earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration and Accounting at Cal State San Bernardino, and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.