Rep. Bill Ramos grew up in East Oakland where he saw first-hand the struggles students face when they do not have the resources they need to succeed. He attended Humboldt State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in forest sciences and biology. Bill served with the US Forest Service in North Bend, Washington as Director of Timber Management, Director of Recreation and Public Services, and Director of Ecosystem Management, where he led a team of biological and earth scientists doing environmental analysis of federal lands.
From 2005 to 2013, Bill served with the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). There, he worked as a Community Planner specializing in developing and managing the Tribal Transit Program, as well as Rural and Small Urban Area Transit Systems. As the Federal Tribal Liaison, Bill worked collaboratively with 56 tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska to create or improve public transit on tribal lands. He has also been a small business owner since 1996.
In addition to his work in forestry and transportation, Bill served as a member of the Issaquah City Council from 2016 to 2018. Previously, he served on Issaquah’s Economic Vitality Commission, the Planning and Policy Commission, and Chair of the Issaquah Human Service Commission.
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the lives of Washingtonians, Bill supports the measures taken to keep people safe as the state continues to reopen in stages, but underscores the importance of not losing sight of relevant policy goals. His priorities include:
- Continuing support of the quick completion of the Highway 18/Interstate 90 interchange and working to secure funding for more lane expansion on Highway 18 and Highway 169.
- Protecting the environment while supporting jobs, such as industry partnerships to sequester carbon.
- Developing lower-cost paths to family wage jobs through apprenticeships, certifications, community colleges, as well as working to make four-year degrees more affordable.
- Reducing property taxes and creating more affordable housing options.
Bill has held the leadership position of Assistant Majority Whip since his first session, in 2019. He currently serves on the Transportation Committee, the College & Workforce Development Committee, and the Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.