Pete Gallego

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Pete P. Gallego
Pete Gallego official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 23rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Quico Canseco
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 74th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1961-12-02) December 2, 1961 (age 52)
Alpine, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Maria Elena Ramon
Residence Alpine, Texas
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Representative Pete Gallego

Pete P. Gallego (born December 2, 1961) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Texas's 23rd congressional district since 2013. Gallego, a member of the Democratic Party, previously served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from the 74th District, based about his native Alpine, Texas, beginning in 1991.

Gallego defeated freshman incumbent Quico Canseco of San Antonio for Texas's 23rd congressional district seat in the November 6, 2012, general election. Canseco conceded the race on November 9.[1]

State legislature[edit]

Texas House District 74 includes Brewster, Culberson, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Ward counties. This is the largest House district in Texas in area and the largest U.S.-Mexico border district in the nation. It stretches nearly 39,000 square miles (100,000 km2) and encompasses more than half of the Texas-Mexico border.[2]

Elected in 1990, Gallego is the first Hispanic to represent this vast border district. In 1991, he became the first freshman member and the first ethnic minority member ever elected as chair of the House Democratic Caucus, a post he held until January 2001.[3]

In the Texas House, Gallego serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO)[4]

In January 2001, Gallego was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), a group of 43 House members who are of Mexican-American descent or who serve a significant Mexican-American constituency. Representative Gallego was re-elected as Chairman of MALC for the fourth time in December 2006.

Gallego's career has included chairmanships of the General Investigating Committee and several select and subcommittees. He has also served as a member of the Sunset Commission and the Committees on Appropriations, Calendars, Criminal Jurisprudence, Higher Education, and Elections.

It has been speculated that, had the Democrats won control of the Texas House after the 2008 elections, Gallego would have been elected as Speaker of the Texas House.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Gallego announced his candidacy for the 23rd District in September 2011.[5] His state house district was virtually coextensive with the central portion of the congressional district.

He finished second in the Democratic primary, behind former congressman Ciro Rodriguez. He then defeated Rodriguez in the July 31 runoff election by a margin of 55-45 percent.[6]

In the general election, Gallego defeated Canseco with 50 percent of the vote to Canseco's 46 percent--a margin of 9,200 votes. While Gallego lost in Bexar County, home to more than half the district's population, he dominated his former state house district.

He was supported by the Blue Dog Coalition.

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Health care[edit]

Gallego opposes repeal of the Affordable Care Act and voted against repeal in May 2013.[7][8]

Gay rights[edit]

Gallego opposes gay marriage, stating, “I have never been in favor of gay marriage and I am not in favor of gay marriage." However, Gallego does support civil unions for gay couples. [9]


Gallego supported an abortion law allowing minors to get an abortion with parental consent. Under the legislation a minor would have been able to bypass the requirement for parental consent by petitioning a judge.[9]


Gallego opposes a voucher system and supports prescription drug negotiations. [10]


Gallego supports increased border security. Gallego supports a path to citizenship and supports the DREAM act. He voted for the Texas DREAM Act. [11]


Gallego supports domestic fossil fuel development and long-term investment in renewable energy sources. [12]


Born in Alpine, Gallego graduated from Sul Ross State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 1985, he earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. He is a member of the Sul Ross State University Hall of Fame and has been named a "Distinguished Alumnus" by the SRSU Ex-Student Association.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Incumbent concedes U.S. House race to Pete Gallego". Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
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  5. ^ a b Marty Schladen. US Rep. Pete Gallego wants to help fix Congress. El Paso Times, 10/21/2013.
  6. ^ 2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff 7/31/2012
  7. ^ "TribLive: Gallego on Obamacare, Iran and Taxes". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  8. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 154". Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  9. ^ a b “Gallego: Jesus Would Not Like Political Mailer, by Jay Root.” The Texas Tribune, n.d.
  10. ^ "Issues: Medicare." Friends of Pete Gallego.
  11. ^ "Issues: Immigration and the DREAM Act." Friends of Pete Gallego.
  12. ^ "Issues: Energy." Friends of Pete Gallego.

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Quico Canseco
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 23rd congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tulsi Gabbard
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Joe Garcia