By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 19, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- More than 100 lawmakers are at the capitol making important decisions that will affect the future of all Floridians. We’ve profiled the senators and representatives working for you in Tallahassee and our surrounding counties. Here’s what we learned from our Q&A with State Representative Ramon Alexander.
WCTV: Who are and what district do you represent?
Rep. Alexander: I am Ramon Alexander and I represent Florida house district 8.
Where did you grow up?
I am a fifth-generation product of this area dating back to my great, great grandparents and I've been a rattler, through and through, baby rattler bleeding orange and green.
What is your occupation outside of lawmaking?
I work in non-profit management and also association management work. I founded a non-profit outside of college called 'Distinguished Young Men.' We work with primarily African American males and provide wrap around service, academic support services, we do monthly workshops with them. We're vertically integrated throughout the entire region serving and helping as many young people as possible.
What school did you go to?
I’m a graduate of Florida A&M University and I’m also a graduate of FAMU high school.
Tell us about your family.
I live here in Tallahassee. I met my wife, Tanya Alexander, she's a pharmacist, we met at FAMU. She was the starting point guard of the women's basketball team. I had the opportunity to serve as SGA president and we got married and we're raising our family here and I love this area with all my heart and soul.
What are some of your hobbies?
I'm actually an introvert. I'm a situational extrovert. I love to read and think, spend quality time with my family. I love to listen to different types of music and love helping people. I into different sports, I am a big football fanatic. I'm a very big Jacksonville Jaguars football fan, of course I've been to every single FAMU home football game, never missed a home game, been going since I was 3 weeks old. I'm also a big fan of the FSU football as well, being from this area.
What is one legislation you’ll be focusing on this session?
I have a major focus on criminal justice issues but specifically juvenile justice issues, because of the work I do every day I identify with the challenges young people face. It’s just not a particular race issue but its young people in general, and what we have to do is make sure we breakdown every significant barrier possible. So that when young people make mistakes… I’ve made mistakes, we’ve all fallen short… that we’re able to move forward and provide the quality of life for experiences for us. For example, there’s a bill I’m pushing this session in regards to criminal punishment record and criminal history record in regards to applying for college and state universities. Well, there’s still perceptions out there and something you did that is not of major significance when you were sixteen-seventeen years old should not have an impact on whether you’re admitted to a state university, if you are no harm or threat to society.
Some responses were edited for use in this story.