Ramon Montaño for NM House district 23
“For as long as I remember I have felt that I need to be a voice for those who did not have a voice.”
a man of service
Ramon M. Montaño was elected to political office in 2001 where he had the honor and privilege of serving three terms on the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education as Board Secretary, Vice President, and President. Mr. Montaño collaborated with bi-partisan board members, legislators, administrators, and teachers to bring in millions of dollars for educational needs throughout his 3 terms. While on the board, Mr. Montaño advocated for policies that provided the much-needed tools for students to be successful in the classroom. He was also effective in bi-partisan efforts to secure funding to expand and invest in students, teachers, and the educational needs of the Las Vegas School District.
In 2010, Mr. Montaño was elected as the President of the New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) where he led over 450 school board members statewide. He, along with the NMSBA lobbied, advocated, and testified at the state legislative and national congressional level on many educational bills in Santa Fe and Washington, DC.
In 2015, he was elected to the Rio Rancho Board of Education where he served as Board Vice President and President. During his term with the Rio Rancho Board of Education, he was elected to a second term as the New Mexico School Board President, where he once again led and collaborated with school board members throughout New Mexico.
Mr. Montaño also served on various educational committees at the state and national levels beginning in 2008. He has over 20 years of experience advocating and testifying at the legislature for senior healthcare. He fought in legislative committees and hearings for senior citizens whose healthcare was in jeopardy when bills were introduced to limit specialty doctors from traveling to rural areas of the state to see their patients. He also advocated and testified at the legislature for public safety. His work at the state level resulted in funding for state and local police agencies to improve their vital infrastructure, technology, in addition to purchasing law enforcement vehicles.
In 2021, Mr. Montaño was appointed by the Sandoval County Commission to the Sandoval County Ethics Board, where he is currently serving as Chairman of the Board. He is also an account manager for a Fortune 100 company overseeing millions of dollars in K-12 public school infrastructure needs throughout the state. Mr. Montaño continues to be actively involved in local and state issues and policies that benefit New Mexican families.
Mr. Ramon Montaño was born and raised in Las Vegas New Mexico. His parents were hardworking and dedicated, they taught him the importance of family values.
Ramon’s father, Felix Montaño, was the Director of the Department of Labor in Las Vegas where he worked for over 25 years. Felix was also his son’s inspiration, mentor, and top advisor which is why he began his involvement with various political campaigns supporting candidates that were willing to speak up for their constituents. His mother, Martha Montaño, worked for over 30 years combined in the surgical department at the Las Vegas Hospital, Northeastern Regional Hospital, Alta Vista Hospital, and Presbyterian Hospital. Ramon describes his mother as his rock, biggest advocate, and someone whom he has always admired. His grandparents, Daniel and Ramona Gurule, were also very influential throughout his life. Ramon’s grandmother worked at the local factory making parachutes for the military and his grandfather worked for the railroad most of his life. He is one of three children born to Felix and Martha Montaño.
Ramon attended Las Vegas City Schools and worked at Furr’s Supermarket as a teen. After graduating from Robertson High School, he went on to work for the Las Vegas City Police Department as a detention officer and dispatcher. Later, he was promoted to a police officer. Ramon was also employed as Director of a Security company that provided security for properties throughout the state of Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. Ramon has a degree in political science.
In 2010, after Ramon’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he moved to Rio Rancho to be closer to his father. Ramon’s two older children both attended and graduated from the Rio Rancho Public School District. His youngest child will be attending school this coming year.
He has been a volunteer coach for the Rio Rancho High School Basketball program for the past 10 years and he is also coaching a little league t-ball team.
At a very young age, Ramon started to tackle city issues by addressing them at city council meetings. He was appointed to the public safety committee where he was able to address the critical infrastructure needs the Las Vegas Police Department was facing, as he felt that he needed to be a voice for those who did not have a voice.
While as the head coach for the girls’ tennis team, he learned that student-athletes did not have access to textbooks and other critical materials that were needed to be successful in the classroom. Therefore, he started to attend school board meetings to bring attention to students’ concerns. Ramon believed that the Board of Education was not listening to the needs of the students and staff. It was at this time he made the decision to run for a position on the Board of Education. His passion to serve and give back to his communities allowed him to build relationships with all New Mexicans.
Ramon has always been a self-driven and committed individual who is always available to help people get the assistance that they need regardless of the situation. He credits his successes due to his upbringing, family, neighbors, friends, community, and many wonderful teachers that believed in him.