|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Arizona's 7th district
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Ed Pastor|
|Member of the ArizonaHouseofRepresentatives |
from the 16th district
January 10, 2011 –March 14, 2014
|Preceded by||Cloves Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Norma Muñoz|
Ruben Marinelarena Gallego
November 20, 1979
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
(m. 2010;div. 2017)
|Education||Harvard University (BA)|
|Years of service||2000–2006|
|Unit||United States Marine Corps Reserve|
Ruben Marinelarena Gallego /
The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they compose the legislature of the United States.
Arizona's 7th congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of Arizona. It includes much of inner Phoenix, as well as the eastern portion of Glendale. It is currently represented by Democrat Ruben Gallego.
The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with its rival, the Republican Party. Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party.
Gallego was born in Chicagoand is a first generation American with a Colombian mother and a Mexican father.
Along with his three sisters, he was raised by a single mother.The family eventually moved to Evergreen Park, Illinois, and he graduated from Evergreen Park Community High School.
Evergreen Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. In 2016, the population of Evergreen Park was 19,852, according to that year's census.
The Evergreen Park High School District 231, also called Evergreen Park High School, is a public high school located in Evergreen Park, Illinois southwest of Chicago. The high school has about 950 students in grades 9-12.
On August 7, 2008, Ruben Marinelarena changed his name to Ruben Marinelarena Gallego to honor his mother, Elisa Gallego, who raised him and his three siblings on her own after his father abandoned the family in his childhood.Gallego was married to Kate Widland Gallego (who is now the mayor of Phoenix). They divorced in 2017, just prior to the birth of their first and only child.
Kate Gallego is an American politician from the state of Arizona, currently serving as the 61st mayor of Phoenix. Prior to being elected mayor, she served on the Phoenix City Council from 2013 to 2018. Gallego is a member of the Democratic Party.
Gallego currently sits on the boards of Valley Citizens League, and the President’s Community Advisory Board for South Mountain Community College.
South Mountain Community College is a community college in Phoenix, Arizona. It is one of the ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District.
After graduating from Harvard University, Gallego joined the Marines. After completing infantry training, he deployed to Iraq with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment. 3/25 would lose 46 Marines and two Navy corpsmen between January 2005 and January 2006, according to the Marine Corps official website.
Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 postgraduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning. Its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities. The university is often cited as the world's top tertiary institution by most publishers.
The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines or U.S. Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations with the United States Navy as well as the Army and Air Force. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
Gallego lost his best friend in combat in Iraq.His desire to help fellow veterans motivated the formerly apolitical Gallego to get involved with politics.
In 2011, he was named as a distinguished freshman lawmaker by The Arizona Republic.Gallego's first successful bill granted in-state tuition status to veterans residing in Arizona. Gallego supports the repeal of Arizona SB 1070. He considers education to be the most important long-term priority for Arizona. In 2012, Gallego was elected assistant minority leader.
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.
Gallego worked 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.
On February 27, 2014, Gallego announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in Arizona's 7th congressional district.Gallego resigned from the Arizona House in March 2014. He was not required to give up his seat under Arizona's resign-to-run laws, since he was in the final year of his state house term.
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.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. He has since been a vocal supporter of the Government By the People Act.
Gallego won a five-way Democratic primary—the real contest in this heavily Democratic, majority-Latino district—with 48.9 percent of the vote. He breezed to victory in November with 74 percent of the vote.
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In a letter to the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Gallego stated "I support full legalization of marijuana. As a member of the Arizona legislature, I introduced a bill that would have legalized marijuana possession and regulated and taxed marijuana in our state in a manner similar to alcohol. I wholly support these types of measures."
Gallego is a noted environmentalist, being one of the initiators of the call against Trump administration’s proposed rollback of protections for the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.
He is a long-time supporter of LGBT causes.
|Arizona House of Representatives 16th District Democratic Primary Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Jim Munoz, Jr.||2,281||14.36|
|Arizona House of Representatives 16th District Election, 2010|
|Arizona House of Representatives 27th District Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Catherine Miranda (inc.)||28,683||40.98|
|Democratic||Ruben Gallego (inc.)||27,522||39.32|
|Arizona's 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Mary Rose Wilcox||11,077||36.27|
|Arizona's 7th Congressional District Election, 2014|
|Americans Elect||Rebecca DeWitt||3,858||5.32|
|Arizona's 7th Congressional District Election, 2016|
|Democratic||Ruben Gallego (Inc.)||119,465||75.2|
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Arizona's 7th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority |
|114th||Senate: J. McCain • J. Flake||House: T. Franks • R. Grijalva • P. Gosar • D. Schweikert • A. Kirkpatrick • M. Salmon • K. Sinema • R. Gallego • M. McSally|
|115th||Senate: J. McCain (until Aug. 2018) • J. Flake • J. Kyl (from Sep. 2018)||House: T. Franks (until Dec. 2017) • R. Grijalva • P. Gosar • D. Schweikert • K. Sinema • R. Gallego • M. McSally • A. Biggs • T. O'Halleran • D. Lesko (from Apr. 2018)|