His father, Mr. Rangel Sr., served in the United States Army for 22 years, retiring from active duty as a Master Sergeant and his mother is a small business owner. Ricardo was born in New York City, but the family moved frequently as his father served at different posts around the country. After graduating from high school in Pemberton, NJ, Ricardo continued his family’s tradition of military service, and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Ricardo served for 12 years, and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 2010.
After the Army, Ricardo continued his focus on public service, while also completing his education. He has been involved in community events benefitting Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Florida and continued activism and leadership in the community earned him the Emerging Leadership Award from the NAACP and the National Leadership Award from the Business Council, while his political activism earned him the recognition of Young Democrat of the Year from the Florida Democratic Party. Ricardo became the first member of his family to earn a college degree, receiving both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Management from Warner University.
Ricardo is running in 2020 to serve his home community as a State Representative once-again. Ricardo is committed to prioritizing affordable housing in Central Florida, and specifically, in HD 43. Ricardo believes safe and secure homes are key to improving education, expanding employment opportunities, and keeping our community safe.
Ricardo will also fight for living wages and Medicaid expansion because many hard-working Floridians struggle to make ends meet despite working multiple jobs. Ricardo knows first-hand that Florida’s minimum wage is not enough to support a family in Central Florida. He will fight to make Central Florida and HD 43 more equitable places to live for everyone.
Ricardo will also prioritize common-sense gun laws and work to prevent gun violence. As a veteran, Ricardo is more than familiar with the responsibility that gun ownership brings. He will advocate for banning assault weapons, closing gun show loopholes, and revising Stand Your Ground.
Ricardo has dedicated his entire life to service and hopes to serve HD 43 as an elected State Representative once again. Ricardo will advocate for expanded access to affordable housing, work to ensure our economy works for everyone, and fight to keep our communities safe.