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| term_start = January 3, 2015| term_end = | predecessor = Ed Pastor| successor = | state_house1 = Arizona| district1 = 16th| term_start1 = January 10, 2011| term_end1 = March 14, 2014| predecessor1 = Cloves Campbell| successor1 = Norma Muñoz| birth_name = Ruben Gallego{{birth date and age11|20}}}}| birth_place = Chicago, Illinois, U.S.| death_date = | death_place = Democratic Party (United States)>DemocraticKate Gallego>2010end=div}}| children = 1Harvard University (Bachelor of Arts>BA)rubengallego.house.gov|House website}}United States}}United States Marine Corps}}| serviceyears = 2000–200618px) Corporal| unit = United States Marine Corps Reserve| battles = Iraq War}}Ruben Marinelarena Gallego {{IPAc-en|ˈ|r|uː|b|ə|n|_|ˌ|ɡ|aɪ|ˈ|ɛ|ɡ|oʊ}} (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 served as the National Chair of Eric Swalwell’s 2020 Presidential Campaign.

Early life

Gallego was born in ChicagoWEB,weblink Guide to the New Congress, Roll Call, December 6, 2014, and is a first generation American with a Colombian mother and a Mexican father.WEB, Ruben Gallego Is Sworn In As Representative From Arizona's 7th Congressional District,weblink Congressman Ruben Gallego, January 7, 2015, Along with his three sisters, he was raised by a single mother.NEWS, Lopatin, Shari, Marine Turned Politician,weblink August 22, 2013, Phoenix Magazine, September 2011, The family eventually moved to Evergreen Park, Illinois, and he graduated from Evergreen Park Community High School.NEWS, Miglieri, Anthony, Former E.P. Student Sworn in as Arizona Congressman, March 19, 2015, 60, 3, Mustang Monitor, Evergreen Park Community High School District 231, Evergreen Park Community High School, December 20, 2018,weblink Gallego attended Harvard College, where he was a member of Sigma Chi.NEWS, Avi-Yonah, Shera S., Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduces Legislation That Could Endanger Harvard’s Sanctions, June 10, 2019, The Harvard Crimson, June 11, 2019,weblink 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.WEB,weblink This Arizona candidate changed his name. His opponent wasn't happy about it., November 17, 2016, 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.Gallego currently sits on the boards of Valley Citizens League, and the President’s Community Advisory Board for South Mountain Community College.WEB, Representative Ruben Gallego,weblink Arizona State Legislature, August 22, 2013,

Career

After college, 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.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.NEWS, Ambition, Life Experience Driving State Representative,weblink August 22, 2013, South Mountain District News, May 31, 2011, In 2011, he was named as a distinguished freshman lawmaker by The Arizona Republic.NEWS, Pitzl, Mary Jo, Arizona House and Senate distinguished freshmen,weblink August 22, 2013, The Arizona Republic, May 21, 2011, 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.NEWS, Candidate Q and A: Ruben Gallego,weblink August 22, 2013, AZCentral.com, In 2012, Gallego was elected assistant minority leader.NEWS, Democrats select leaders in Arizona House, Senate,weblink August 22, 2013, My Fox Memphis, November 13, 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140714165405weblink">weblink July 14, 2014, mdy-all, 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.NEWS, Celock, John, Joe Arpaio Opponents Form Super PAC To Unseat Arizona Sheriff,weblink August 22, 2013, Huffington Post, September 25, 2012, 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.WEB, Ruben Gallego,weblink Strategies 360, August 22, 2013, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130709051650weblink">weblink July 9, 2013, mdy-all,

U.S. House of Representatives

File:Ruben Gallego.jpg|thumb|Gallego during the 114th Congress ]]

2014 election

File:Ruben Gallego by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg|right|thumb|Gallego introducing former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary ClintonOn February 27, 2014, Gallego announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in Arizona's 7th congressional district.WEB, Ruben Gallego, Arizona State Rep., Announces Bid For Congress,weblink Huffington Post, March 1, 2014, Gallego resigned from the Arizona House in March 2014.WEB, Rep. Gallego resigns from Arizona House,weblink Arizona Capitol Times, March 14, 2014, November 17, 2016, 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.NEWS, Sullivan, Sean, A leading ‘anti-super PAC’ just backed three more candidates for Congress,weblink August 11, 2014, Washington Post, August 11, 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.WEB,weblink The Voter's Self Defense System, November 17, 2016, He has since been a vocal supporter of the Government By the People Act.WEB,weblink Ruben Gallego - Gallego For Arizona, November 17, 2016, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20161118172822weblink">weblink November 18, 2016, mdy-all, 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

{{expand section|date=November 2018}}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."WEB, Gallego, Ruben, Rep. Ruben Gallego Statement on Changes to DOJ Marijuana Enforcement Policies,weblink Votesmart.com, 12 March 2018, 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.NEWS,weblink House Democrats to President Trump: Don’t Kill Protections for America’s Largest National Forest, 2018-10-11, Congressman Ruben Gallego, 2018-11-14, en,

Electoral history {| class"wikitable"

! colspan="4" |Arizona House of Representatives 16th District Democratic Primary Election, 2010|Party|Candidate|Votes|%|Democratic|Ruben Gallego|4,149|26.12|Democratic|Catherine Miranda|3,476|21.88|Democratic|Cloves Campbell|3,182|20.03|Democratic|Jim Munoz, Jr.|2,281|14.36|Democratic|Sandra Gonzales|1,955|12.31|Democratic|Cristy Lopez|842|5.30{| class="wikitable"! colspan="4" |Arizona House of Representatives 16th District Election, 2010|Party|Candidate|Votes|%|Democratic|Catherine Miranda|19,197|39.46|Democratic|Ruben Gallego|18,365|37.75|Republican|Michael Gular|8,551|17.58|Green|Angel Torres|2,532|5.21{| class="wikitable"! colspan="4" |Arizona House of Representatives 27th District Election, 2012|Party|Candidate|Votes|%|Democratic|Catherine Miranda (inc.)|28,683|40.98|Democratic|Ruben Gallego (inc.)|27,522|39.32|Republican|Daniel Coleman|10,088|14.41|Green|Angel Torres|3,702|5.29{| class="wikitable"! colspan="4" |Arizona's 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary Election, 2014|Party|Candidate|Votes|%|Democratic|Ruben Gallego|14,936|48.90|Democratic|Mary Rose Wilcox|11,077|36.27|Democratic|Randy Camacho|2,330|7.63|Democratic|Jarrett Maupin|2,199|7.20{| class="wikitable"! colspan="4" |Arizona's 7th Congressional District Election, 2014|Party|Candidate|Votes|%|Democratic|Ruben Gallego|54,235|74.85|Libertarian|Joe Cobb|10,715|14.79|Americans Elect|Rebecca DeWitt|3,858|5.32|Independent|José Peñalosa|3,496|4.83|Republican/Write-in|Gary Dunn|129|0.18|Democratic/Write-in|Gustavo Ortega|17|0.02|Independent/Write-in|Samuel Esquivel|4|0.01{| class="wikitable"! colspan="4" |Arizona's 7th Congressional District Election, 2016|Party|Candidate|Votes|%|Democratic|Ruben Gallego (Inc.)|119,465|75.2|Republican|Eve Nunez|39,286|24.7|N/A|Write-in|60|0{| class="wikitable"! colspan="4" |Arizona's 7th Congressional District Election, 2018|Party|Candidate|Votes|%|Democratic|Ruben Gallego (Inc.)|113,044 |85.6|Green|Gary Swing|18,706 |14.1|N/A|Write-in|301|0

See also

References

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External links

  • Representative Ruben Gallego, official U.S. House website
  • Campaign website
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