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Ruben Gallego

Ruben Gallego
Member-elect of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 7th district
Taking office
January 3, 2015
Succeeding Ed Pastor
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 16th district
In office
January 10, 2011 – March 14, 2014
Succeeded by Norma Muñoz
Personal details
Born (1979-11-20) November 20, 1979
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Harvard University

Ruben Gallego (born November 20, 1979) is a former state representative and United States representative-elect from Arizona. He served as assistant minority leader from 2012 until his resignation to run for Congress, due to Arizona's resign-to-run law.

Personal life and education

Gallego was born in Chicago[1] and is a first-generation American. Along with his three sisters, he was raised by a single mother.[2] On August 7, 2008, Ruben Marinelarena changed his name to Ruben Marinelarena Gallego to honor his single mother.[3] Gallego is married to Kate Gallego, a councilwoman on the Phoenix City Council.[4] He graduated from Harvard University in 2004.[5]

Gallego currently sits on the boards of Valley Citizens League, the Children’s Museum, and President’s Community Advisory Board for South Mountain Community College.[6]

Career

Gallego served in the Marines, deploying to Iraq. He lost his best friend in combat in Iraq.[2] His desire to help fellow veterans motivated the formerly apolitical Gallego to get involved with politics.[7]

In 2011, he was named as a distinguished freshman lawmaker by The Arizona Republic.[8] Gallego's first successful bill granted in-state tuition status to veterans who residing in Arizona.[2] Gallego supports the repeal of Arizona SB 1070. He considers education to be the most important long-term priority for Arizona.[5] In 2012, Gallego was elected assistant minority leader.[9]

He founded the group Citizens for Professional Law Enforcement, with the goal of recalling Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Gallego cited Arpaio's immigration policies and his use of taxpayer money to investigate Barack Obama's citizenship as reasons for recalling Arpaio.[10]

Gallego works for Strategies 360 as Director of Latino and New Media operations. He also worked for Riester, one of the largest public relations firms in Arizona, and for Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski.[11]

On February 27, 2014, Gallego announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in Arizona's 7th congressional district.[12] Gallego resigned from the Arizona House in March 2014.[13] Mayday PAC, a super PAC seeking to reduce the role of money in politics, announced its endorsement of Gallego because of his impressive evolution on the issue of campaign finance reform.[14] He was elected United States Representative for Arizona's 7th District on November 4, 2014. On February 28, 2013 Gallego voted against an amendment that sought to raise campaign finance limits for federal candidates and abolish all limits for state candidates, HB 2523.[15] He has since been a vocal supporter of the Government By the People Act.[16]

References

  1. ^ "Guide to the New Congress".  
  2. ^ a b c Lopatin, Shari (September 2011). "Marine Turned Politician". Phoenix Magazine. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/12/this-arizona-candidate-changed-his-name-his-opponent-wasnt-happy-about-it/
  4. ^ "Contact Councilwoman Kate Gallego". City of Phoenix. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Candidate Q and A: Ruben Gallego". AZCentral.com. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Representative Ruben Gallego". Arizona State Legislature. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ambition, Life Experience Driving State Representative". South Mountain District News. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Pitzl, Mary Jo (21 May 2011). "Arizona House and Senate distinguished freshmen". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Democrats select leaders in Arizona House, Senate". My Fox Memphis. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Celock, John (25 September 2012). "Joe Arpaio Opponents Form Super PAC To Unseat Arizona Sheriff". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ruben Gallego". Strategies 360. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ruben Gallego, Arizona State Rep., Announces Bid For Congress". Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/24981824/rep-gallego-resigns-from-arizona-house
  14. ^ Sullivan, Sean (11 August 2014). "A leading ‘anti-super PAC’ just backed three more candidates for Congress". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  15. ^ http://votesmart.org/bill/16626/43942/123732/amends-campaign-finance-limits#.U_wW1EuA88M
  16. ^ http://gallegoforarizona.com/tag/ruben-gallego/

External links

  • Gallego's Twitter account
  • Personal Website
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