Ramón Valadez is a lifelong resident of Tucson, Arizona. He attended and graduated from Wakefield Middle School and Pueblo High School. In 1989, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE).
At the end of September 2003, Ramón was appointed to serve as a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors representing District Two. Earlier that year in January, after having been reelected to the Arizona State Senate from Legislative District 29, he chose to serve as a Senior Staff Member in Southern Arizona for Governor Janet Napolitano. In 2000, Ramón was elected to the Arizona State Senate from Legislative District 10 after having served in the Arizona State House of Representatives since he was first elected in 1996. In the Senate, he served as Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, Vice-Chair of Banking and Insurance Committee as well as serving on the Commerce Committee. While in the House, he served on the Ways and Means, Commerce, Government Operations, Human Services and Rules Committees. Ramón was recognized as one of the youngest members of the Arizona Legislature and its biggest University of Arizona Wildcat Fan.
After a serving his freshman session, Ramón was honored by being named a Flemming Fellow for 1997-98 by the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the CPA Southwest Community Policy and Leadership Forum. Following his second session, he was asked to participate in the Program for Emerging Political Leaders at Darden College, University of Virginia at Charlottesville. After his first session in the Senate, Ramón was honored as the recipient of the Trailblazer Award given by the National Network of Sector Partners for his legislative work. At the end of the 2002 legislative session, the Arizona County Supervisors Association recognized him as a Legislator of the Year. In 2000, the University of Arizona Alumni Association also honored Ramón as a recipient of the Public Service Award.