|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.
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. Gallego is running for re-election in 2014, in what the Texas Tribune called the "only obviously competitive November congressional race" in Texas.
Texas House District 74 includes 12 counties. It is the largest House district in Texas in terms of land area, encompassing more than half of the Texas-Mexico border.
Elected in 1990, Gallego was 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 the Texas House, Gallego served on the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO).
Gallego served four terms as Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), a caucus of Texas representatives who are of Mexican-American descent or who serve a significant Mexican-American constituency. In 2008, Trey Martinez Fischer replaced Gallego as Chairman of MALC.
Gallego's state legislative career 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.
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. During the course of his campaign, Gallego overhauled his campaign staff four times.
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. The campaign between Gallego and Canseco was contentious, with Gallego alleging that Canseco was a "right-wing extremist," and Canseco calling Gallego a "radical environmentalist."
Gallego is running for re-election in 2014. Facing no opposition from his own party, he won the Democratic primary on March 4, 2014. Gallego is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Armed Services
Gallego opposes repeal of the Affordable Care Act and voted against repeal in May 2013. Gallego's support for the Affordable Care Act has been attacked in advertisements by the Libre Initiative, a conservative Hispanic outreach group.
Gallego opposes gay marriage, stating, “I have never been in favor of gay marriage and I am not in favor of gay marriage." Gallego supports civil unions for same-sex 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 has said that border security and immigration reform are two separate issues. He advocates immediate action on comprehensive immigration reform, writing "We can no longer delay immigration reform. The time to move forward is now." Gallego has said "Most people don’t really care where the idea comes from. They want action, they want something to happen, and they’re tired of the prolonged conversation." Gallego has expressed support for President Obama's immigration policies. He supports the DREAM Act.
Gallego has been supported by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. According to Texas Climate News, Gallego's 2012 congressional victory "earned the celebratory attention of climate-action advocates." Gallego has voiced support for renewable and clean energy sources. The Sierra Club called Gallego a "clean energy champion." Mother Jones included Gallego in a list of the "Top Five Climate Hawks" who were elected to office in November 2012.
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.
- Martin, Gary (11-9-2012). "Canseco concedes to Gallego in District 23". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Ramsey, Ross (2014-04-30). "Analysis: Down the Ballot, Few Races in November". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "Texas House Member Rep. Nevárez, Poncho District 74". Texas House of Representatives. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "Pete Gallego (D)". Election 2012. Wall Street Journal.
- Glazer, Matt (12-9-2008). "Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) Elects New Leadership". Burnt Orange Report. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Marty Schladen. US Rep. Pete Gallego wants to help fix Congress. El Paso Times, 10/21/2013.
- 2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff 7/31/2012
- Martin, Gary (2012-08-16). "Pete Gallego overhauls congressional campaign a fourth time". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Martin, Gary (8-1-2012). "Gallego starts swinging at Canseco in 23rd congressional race". San Antonio News-Express. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Trujillo, Mario (2012-11-25). "Blue Dog Democrats fight for relevance". The Hill. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "Pete P. Gallego's Political Summary". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Isenstadt, Alex (3-4-2013). "Democrats launching plan for 2014 at-risk members". Politico. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "TribLive: Gallego on Obamacare, Iran and Taxes". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 154". House.gov. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- Schladen, Marty (2014-02-09). "Libre Initiative targets Obama's Affordable Care Act". El Paso Times. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Pabst, Georgia (2014-02-23). "Libre Initiative reaches out to Hispanics with free-enterprise message". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Root, Jay (2012-10-16). "Gallego: Jesus Would Not Like Political Mailer". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "Issues: Medicare". Campaign Website. Pete Gallego. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Sullivan, Alison (2013-2-19). "Pete Gallego: People want action on immigration reform, not prolonged debate". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Borunda, Daniel (2-12-2013). "State of the Union: Beto O'Rourke, Pete Gallego cheer immigration reform push". El Paso Times. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Colman, Zack (11-7-2012). "Green groups tout election results as victory for clean energy". The Hill. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Dawson, Bill (2012-11-24). "Sandy + election results = re-energized talk of action against climate change". Texas Climate News. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "Impact of the 2012 Elections". Sierra Club. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Sheppard, Katie (11-8-2012). "5 Climate Hawks Who Won on Tuesday". Mother Jones. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "Pension Rules to Benefit 10 in Congressional Delegation". Texas Tribune. 7-9-2013. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D)". Ethics Explorer. Texas Tribune. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Representative Pete Gallego official U.S. House website
- Pete Gallego for Congress
- Pete Gallego at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- 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 (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority