Meet Pete Gallego
The son of a World War II veteran and state employee, Pete was born in the West Texas town of Alpine. He attended local public schools and worked in his family`s restaurant where he learned the value of a hard day`s work. Pete graduated from his hometown college, Sul Ross State University, in two years while balancing three jobs. After graduating, Pete went on to earn a degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He became an assistant attorney general before returning home to serve as a felony prosecutor.
At just 28 years old, Pete`s neighbors elected him State Representative, and sent him to Austin to fight for them. During his career in Austin, Pete led the 43 members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and chaired numerous legislative committees. Pete crafted and helped pass legislation investing billions of dollars in public schools. He’s worked to secure our border, reform our criminal justice system and support Texas veterans.
Since he was first elected in 1990, Pete Gallego has earned a reputation for reaching across the aisle to solve problems. Pete has worked with both Democrats and Republicans to safeguard funding for priorities that make people’s lives’ better – whether by building schools and roads, protecting water quality or creating jobs. An example of his bipartisan ways was in 2009 when Pete authored House Bill 806, a measure that would ensure insurance companies paid to replace the prosthesis of the children who had outgrown their current device. Prior to this legislation insurance companies were only responsible for providing one prosthetic device during the child’s lifetime. As children grew so did the cost associated with maintaining an adequate device that would allow the child to live a full and happy life. Pete worked with Democrats and Republicans alike to ensure Texans with disabilities have access to cutting edge technology.
Now Pete Gallego is ready to take his experience and proven record to fight for us in Washington.
“Its time we put policy before politics. It is time we focus on what is really important, our children’s future. If elected as your congressman I will stand up for what is right in Washington and help build an America with unlimited opportunity, a strong economy and a safe future.”
- Pete P. Gallego