Victor R. Ramirez – Wikipedia

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American politician

Victor R. Ramirez (born July 20, 1974) is a former state delegate and state senator for District 47 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, in 1974. His family soon after moved to the United States and he lived in Mount Rainier, Maryland.


Ramirez attended Mt. Rainier and Thomas S. Stone Elementary, Hyattsville Middle School, and graduated from Northwestern High School. He received his B.A. from Frostburg State University in 1996 and his J.D from St. Thomas School of Law in Miami in 2001.[1]

Ramirez was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2001 and began a practice in his own name. He was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in November 2002, becoming with Ana Sol Gutierrez, who was elected at the same time, the first Latinos elected to the Maryland State House.[2]

In the legislature[edit]

Ramirez was a member of House of Delegates from 2003 to 2011 and a member of the Joint Committee on Federal Relations and the Special Committee on Higher Education Affordability and Accessibility (2003–2004). Ramirez served as a member of the Ways and Means Committee (2003–2006) and the Ways and Mean’s subcommittee on education (2003–2004).

  • Ramirez has a Chair on the Law Enforcement and State-Appointed Boards Committees.
  • Ramirez has served in the Prince George’s County Delegation (from 2007 vice-chair, 2003–2006).
  • Ramirez is a Member of the Maryland Educators Caucus (from 2005) and the Maryland Veterans Caucus (from 2005).

In January 2007 he proposed a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to attend public colleges and universities at the in-state tuition rate.[3]

In 2010 Ramirez defeated the incumbent senator from district 47.

Democratic Party activist[edit]

During the 2008 democratic presidential primary, Ramirez endorsed the campaign of Illinois Senator Barack Obama and was co-founder of Latinos for Obama in Maryland.

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted in favor of Maryland gas tax increase[4]
  • voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[5]
  • voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361)[6]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants in 2007 (HB6)[7]
  • voted in favor of the Tax Reform Act of 2007(HB2)[8]

2018 state’s attorney race[edit]

Rather than seek reelection to the Senate in 2018, Ramirez ran for Prince George’s County state’s attorney, losing in the Democratic primary with 27 percent of the vote total.[9]

2022 county council race[edit]

Ramirez announced in March 2021 that he would run for an open seat on the Prince George’s County Council from district 2.[9] He lost in the Democratic primary to Wanika Fisher, 50.9% to 44.8%.[10]

Past elections[edit]

  • 2006 race for Maryland House of Delegates – 47th district[11]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Jolene Ivey, Democratic 12,860   35.5%    Won
Victor R. Ramirez, Democratic 12,231   33.6%    Won
Doyle L. Niemann, Democratic 11,229   30.8%    Won
Other write-ins 120   .3%    


  1. ^ “Victor R. Ramirez, Maryland State Senator”. Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. January 25, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  2. ^ “Host Jimmy Tarlau’s interview with Victor Ramirez”. Mount Rainier Television Then & Now. February 9, 2012. 31:25[dead link]
  3. ^ Gidjunis, Joseph (January 21, 2007). “Taxes, cancer vaccine top GA agenda”. The Daily Times. Salisbury, Maryland. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Wagner, John (March 29, 2013). “How the Md. Senate voted on the gas tax”. The Washington Post.
  5. ^ “2006 Regular Session – Vote Record 0942”.
  6. ^ “2005 Regular Session – Vote Record 0152”.
  7. ^ “2007 Regular Session – Vote Record 0690”.
  8. ^ “Tax Reform Act of 2007” (PDF). Maryland Chamber of Commerce. November 11, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2007.
  9. ^ a b Kurtz, Josh (March 22, 2021). “Ex-State Sen. Victor Ramirez Plans Run for County Council Seat”. Maryland Matters. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  10. ^ “Official 2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election Results for Prince George’s County”. Maryland State Board of Elections. August 24, 2022. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  11. ^ “Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for Legislative District 47”. Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved July 26, 2007.

External links[edit]

  • “Home Page”. Victor Ramirez for Maryland State’s Attorney. Friends of Victor Ramirez. Retrieved May 3, 2019.