- 1 Background
- 2 Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
- 3 ARA endorsement, 2012
- 4 Congressional Hispanic Caucus
- 5 JStreet endorsement
- 6 PowerPAC+ supported Elected and Appointed Leadership
- 7 "Social Justice Champions"
- 8 TOP 2016 endorsements
- 9 Communist Party connections
- 10 External links
- 11 References
His district included parts of Bexar and El Paso counties as well as Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, La Salle, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Winkler, and Zavala counties.
He lost his seat in the 2014 election.
The son of a World War II veteran and a state employee, Congressman Gallego was born in the West Texas town of Alpine where he attended local public schools and worked in his family‘s restaurant. He graduated from his hometown college, Sul Ross State University and went on to earn a degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
Congressman Gallego serves on the House Armed Services Committee, of particular significance because of the large military presence in Texas. Prior to Congress, Gallego served the constituents of House District 74 in the Texas House of Representatives –to which he was elected at just 28 years old.
Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
In late 2009, Pete Gallego was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,
- "Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."
ARA endorsement, 2012
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
In 2013 Pete Gallego was a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
PowerPAC+ supported Elected and Appointed Leadership
The list of PowerPAC+ leaders is growing.
- Here are the social justice champions we have helped elect.
- Stacey Abrams - Georgia State Assembly
- Pete Aguilar - U.S. Congress, California-31
- Hector Balderas - Attorney General, New Mexico
- Cory Booker - U.S. Senate, New Jersey
- Wendy Davis - Texas State Senate
- Jim Frazier - California State Assembly
- Pete Gallego - U.S. Congress, Texas-23
- Michelle Lujan Grisham - U.S. Congress, New Mexico-1
- Kamala Harris - Attorney General, California
- Mazie Hirono - U.S. Senate, Hawaii
- Mary Gonzalez - Texas State Legislature
- Mary Ann Perez - Texas State Legislature
- Mark Takano - U.S. Congress, California-41
- Michael Tubbs - Stockton City Council, California
- Marc Veasey - U.S. Congress, Texas-33
- Norman Yee - San Francisco Supervisor, California
"Social Justice Champions"
TOP 2016 endorsements
Texas Organizing Project PAC, November 6, 2016.
Instead of worrying about the outcome of the election, let's act to make sure we elect Hillary Clinton, Ed Gonzalez for Harris County Sheriff, Kim Ogg for Harris County District Attorney, Ann Harris Bennett for Tax Assessor Collector - Voter Registrar, Javier Salazar for Bexar County Sheriff, Pete Gallego for Congress, Victoria Neave for Texas State Representative and Friends for Terry Meza HD 105!
Communist Party connections
2014 César E. Chávez March for Justice
In March 2014, the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice made its imprint on the city with 25,000 people marching from the West Side to the Alamo, the largest crowd in the history of the event.
As grand marshal, University of Texas at San Antonio President Ricardo Romo led the 2.5-mile procession to Alamo Plaza, where the convoy was greeted by live music and a troupe of feathered dancers.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said he was inspired to see thousands of people rallying to advocate changes to federal immigration policy.
“The (immigration) bill has been sitting in Congress since last June. They are wasting their time in Washington,” he said, calling for the White House and Congress to act on deportations. “We believe in family values, and we want to see them stay together. We must not take no for an answer.”
Doggett was joined onstage by Martinez, U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, and LULAC member Henry Rodriguez, who helped organize the first César Chávez march in San Antonio. The four community leaders encouraged the crowd to continue rallying for immigration reform and keep themselves educated on local issues.
- National Journal "The New Faces of the 113th Congress," November 15, 2012
- La Voz, April, 2013, Three New Congressmen Representing San Antonio
- Progressive States Network: State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform (accessed on Dec. 23, 2010)
- J Street The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
- PowerPAC+Elected and Appointed Leadership, accessed Dec. 1 ,2014
- Chávez march draws its largest crowd ever By Leezia Dhalla, San Antonio Express-NewsMarch 29, 2014