Marvin Ragsdale was initiated into Local 482 (Austin, Texas) of the Ironworkers Union, as an apprentice in 1976 and graduated to journeyman in 1979. After serving on the executive committee and examining committee, he was elected financial secretary/treasurer and business manager in 1987, succeeding his father, D.A. Ragsdale. From 1996 to 1998, Brother Ragsdale was a full time representative of the Iron Workers District Council of the State of Texas. In 1998, Brother Ragsdale was appointed general organizer by General President Jake West. In 1999, upon the retirement of General Vice President James Martin, Ragsdale became president of the Iron Workers District Council of the State of Texas. The District Councils of Texas and the Mid-South merged in 2007, and at that time, Brother Ragsdale was elected president of the District Council of Texas and the Mid-South States. Effective August 3, 2010, Marvin Ragsdale was appointed general vice president by General President Joseph Hunt.
Battleground Texas Advisory Board, 2018;
Board Chair Jenn Brown, Naomi Aberly, Jeremy Bird, former Dallas Mayor and Ambassador Ron Kirk, Congressman Joaquin Castro, community leader Eric D. Johnson, Austin Ligon, Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez, volunteer leader Jennifer Longoria, labor leader Marvin Ragsdale, Eddy Morales, Amber Mostyn, Carrin Mauritz Patman, Carrin F. Patman, Kirk Rudy, and Lynda Tran.