Ruben Ramirez is a former educator, current trial attorney, and a decorated Army veteran that served his country honorably in the Afghanistan war. He was born in the Rio Grande Valley and grew up in Edinburg, Texas in very humble beginnings, but with a loving grandmother and father who instilled the value of integrity, hard work, and patriotism in him. After attending the University of Texas-Pan American – today known as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – he became a licensed educator and taught Chemistry and Physics to high school students in his hometown. He volunteered to join the war in Afghanistan to fight for our freedom in the U.S. Army, and was recognized with a battlefield promotion and a Bronze Star for his leadership. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Houston Law Center with his young family in tow. Today, he is a civil trial lawyer representing his neighbors in the Rio Grande Valley in a court of law, as he seeks to do in Congress.