|Pete P. Gallego|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 23rd district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Quico Canseco|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 74th district
December 2, 1961 |
|Spouse(s)||Maria Elena Ramon|
|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.
State legislature 
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.
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.
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.
U.S. House of Representatives 
Gallego announced his candidacy for the 23rd District in September 2011. His state house district was virtually coextensive with the central portion of the congressional district.
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 
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Armed Services
Political positions 
Gay rights 
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. 
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.
Gallego opposes a voucher system and supports prescription drug negotiations. 
Gallego supports increased border security. Gallego supports a path to citizenship and supports the DREAM act. He voted for the Texas DREAM Act. 
Gallego supports domestic fossil fuel development and long-term investment in renewable energy sources. 
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 Doctor of Jurisprudence 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 
- "Incumbent concedes U.S. House race to Pete Gallego". star-telegram.com. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
- Perry, Mike. Gallego makes it official: He's running for U.S. Congress. Alpine Daily Planet, 2011-09-01.
- 2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff 7/31/2012
- “Gallego: Jesus Would Not Like Political Mailer, by Jay Root.” The Texas Tribune, n.d. http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-congressional-election/gallego-jesus-would-not-political-mailer/.
- "Issues: Medicare." Friends of Pete Gallego. http://petegallego.com/issues/medicare
- "Issues: Immigration and the DREAM Act." Friends of Pete Gallego. http://petegallego.com/issues/immigration
- "Issues: Energy." Friends of Pete Gallego. http://petegallego.com/issues/energy
- Representative Pete Gallego official U.S. House website
- Texas House of Representatives - Pete Gallego official TX House website
- Pete Gallego for U.S. Congress official campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Mexican American Legislative Caucus
- National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO)
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 23rd congressional district
January 3, 2013 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority