Born in Mexico, Ruben and his family immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. Ruben draws inspiration from their hard work as field laborers and maids, remembering the many other families who have shared in the same immigrant experience.
He worked his way through college and he was inspired to “pay it forward” by working with other college students at College of Southern Nevada for over 10 years, ensuring they had a path to a good career. After volunteering his time working to elect hard working Democrats like U.S. Senator Harry Reid, at the age of 25, Ruben entered the political arena himself and defeated a well-funded incumbent for a seat in the State Assembly.
After serving two terms in the State Assembly, Ruben ran for the State Senate, becoming one of the youngest state senators in modern Nevada history. He went on to found the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus, bringing six other legislators on board and helping Nevada’s Hispanics receive better representation at the Nevada Legislature.