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Document Details


Title: Ramirez, Norma
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: The interview begins with Ramírez recounting the events in her life that prepared her for public office such as serving on school student councils, active participation in school extracurricular competitions, and early legal training as an attorney with Texas Rural Legal Aid and as Zapata County Commissioner Court Coordinator. She describes the personal influences in her life such as her father who financed her campaigns, her family (immediate and extended) who voluntarily managed the campaigns, supportive and non-supportive former employers and politicians, and challenges from negative attitudes she faced as a woman in politics. Ramírez talks about the issues she experienced during her campaigns such as political manipulations and voting fraud on the part of her opponents, resentment and retaliation from incumbent politicians, the intervention of the FBI in Zapata County local elections, and her ultimate victory in the Zapata County Judge election following a reversal of voting results by the Texas Court of Appeals. As Zapata County Judge, she talks about the difficulties she continues to encounter learning her job citing lack of cooperation from some county commissioners and the negative attitudes and hostilities by clerical support staff and other incumbent politicians including women, and law enforcement agencies. Ramírez concludes with a discussion of her personal disappointment, discouragement, and disillusionment with the realities of Zapata County politics.
Extent: 159
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_007.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Ramirez, Norma, 1963-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 6-Dec-1963
Speaker occupation: Lawyer
Age at speaking: 33
Document location: Zapata, TX
Document date: 05-Jul-1996
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Locations discussed: North America; Texas; United States; Zapata, TX
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Education; Education, Higher; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic American women; Law; Law--Texas; Lawyers; Legal aid; North America; Oral history; Practice of law; Public schools; Texas; United States; Women lawyers; Zapata, TX
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000236-181