Ruben Gallego

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Ruben Gallego
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Arizona's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Ed Pastor
Member of the ArizonaHouseofRepresentatives
from the 16th district
In office
January 10, 2011 March 14, 2014
Preceded byCloves Campbell
Succeeded byNorma Muñoz
Personal details
Born
Ruben Marinelarena Gallego

(1979-11-20) November 20, 1979 (age 39)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Kate Widland
(m. 2010;div. 2017)
Children1
Education Harvard University (BA)
Website House website
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Marine Corps.svg  United States Marine Corps
Years of service2000–2006
Rank USMC-E4.svg Corporal
Unit United States Marine Corps Reserve
Battles/wars Iraq War

Ruben Marinelarena Gallego /ˈrbənˌɡˈɛɡ/ (born November 20, 1979) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 7th congressional district. A Democrat, he previously served as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, serving as assistant minority leader in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2012 until his resignation to run for Congress. Gallego was elected to Congress in the 2014 midterm congressional elections. His district includes most of southern, western, and downtown Phoenix, along with a portion of Glendale. He currently serves as the National Chair of Eric Swalwell’s 2020 Presidential Campaign.

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Arizonas 7th congressional district

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.

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Early life

Gallego was born in Chicago [1] and is a first generation American with a Colombian mother and a Mexican father. [2]

Along with his three sisters, he was raised by a single mother. [3] The family eventually moved to Evergreen Park, Illinois, and he graduated from Evergreen Park Community High School. [4]

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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. [5] 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 61st mayor of Phoenix, Arizona

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. [6]

South Mountain Community College community college in Phoenix, Arizona

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.

Career

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. [3]

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Gallego lost his best friend in combat in Iraq. [3] 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 residing in Arizona. [3] Gallego supports the repeal of Arizona SB 1070. He considers education to be the most important long-term priority for Arizona. [9] In 2012, Gallego was elected assistant minority leader. [10]

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. [11]

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. [12]

U.S. House of Representatives

Gallego's freshman portrait Ruben Gallego.jpg
Gallego's freshman portrait

2014 election

Gallego introducing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Phoenix. Ruben Gallego by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Gallego introducing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Phoenix.

On February 27, 2014, Gallego announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in Arizona's 7th congressional district. [13] Gallego resigned from the Arizona House in March 2014. [14] 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. [15] 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. [16] He has since been a vocal supporter of the Government By the People Act. [17]

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.

Committee assignments, 116th Congress

Caucus memberships

Political positions

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." [23]

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. [24]

He is a long-time supporter of LGBT causes.

Electoral history

Arizona House of Representatives 16th District Democratic Primary Election, 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticRuben Gallego4,14926.12
DemocraticCatherine Miranda3,47621.88
DemocraticCloves Campbell3,18220.03
DemocraticJim Munoz, Jr.2,28114.36
DemocraticSandra Gonzales1,95512.31
DemocraticCristy Lopez8425.30
Arizona House of Representatives 16th District Election, 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticCatherine Miranda19,19739.46
DemocraticRuben Gallego18,36537.75
RepublicanMichael Gular8,55117.58
GreenAngel Torres2,5325.21
Arizona House of Representatives 27th District Election, 2012
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticCatherine Miranda (inc.)28,68340.98
DemocraticRuben Gallego (inc.)27,52239.32
RepublicanDaniel Coleman10,08814.41
GreenAngel Torres3,7025.29
Arizona's 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary Election, 2014
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticRuben Gallego14,93648.90
DemocraticMary Rose Wilcox11,07736.27
DemocraticRandy Camacho2,3307.63
DemocraticJarrett Maupin2,1997.20
Arizona's 7th Congressional District Election, 2014
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticRuben Gallego54,23574.85
LibertarianJoe Cobb10,71514.79
Americans ElectRebecca DeWitt3,8585.32
IndependentJosé Peñalosa3,4964.83
Republican/Write-inGary Dunn1290.18
Democratic/Write-inGustavo Ortega170.02
Independent/Write-inSamuel Esquivel40.01
Arizona's 7th Congressional District Election, 2016
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticRuben Gallego (Inc.)119,46575.2
RepublicanEve Nunez39,28624.7
N/AWrite-in600

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ed Pastor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 7th congressional district

2015–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tom Emmer
United States Representatives by seniority
261st
Succeeded by
Garret Graves