Commission application number 313 submitted by Jorge Ramirez on 08/30/2020

First Name Jorge
Last Name Ramirez
Voter Unique Identification number 1209084697
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino
Gender Male
Age 25-34
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Law
What is your occupation? Chief of Staff, Texas Senate
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78702
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78702
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? No
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. Legal training provides me with the analytical framework to assist in the development of equitable maps Preparing for redistricting in the Senate, I have gained knowledge of demographic trends in Austin, which also would assist me in evaluating city-wide redistricting options.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I have never been employed by a member of the City Council or worked for a related campaign. Therefore, I have no conflict of interests or preferences.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. Having lived in the city for almost 10 years, I have experienced the benefits of having a diverse population and maintaining it. Minorities need to retain proportional representation to ensure the city's economic growth do not impact them adversely.
Please provide your employment history. Chief of Staff, Senator Zaffirini (2017-Present), responsible for overseeing development of legislation impacting the state and localities and constituent services, including those living in southeast Austin. Staff the senator in redistricting and judicial matters. Legislative Aide, Senator Zaffirini (2014-2017), staff the senator in the State Affairs and Criminal Justice committee. Analyzed and proposed legislation regarding state and local issue. UT Law, Student (2011-2014), during law school, I interned for almost 2 years at Workers Defense Project, which represents low-income constructions workers, often minorities, in wage disputes.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media
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Disclaimer Signature Jorge Ramirez
District District 3
Does this application qualify? Yes