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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Arizona's 7th district
January 3, 2015
|Member of the Arizona House of Representatives|
from the 16th district
January 10, 2011 - March 14, 2014
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
(m. 2010; div. 2017)
|Education||Harvard University (AB)|
|Branch/service||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||2000-2006|
|Unit||United States Marine Corps Reserve|
Ruben Marinelarena Gallego (; 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.
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. After a stint as chief of staff for District 7 City Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, he was elected Vice-Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party in 2009. In November, 2010, he was elected State Representative for Arizona District 16.
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.
Gallego has a 100% rating from the NAACP and an 89% lifetime rating from the ACLU for his pro-civil rights voting record. He also has a 100% rating for his pro-LGBTQ voting record from the Human Rights Campaign.
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."
As of 2016, Gallego has an "A" rating from NORML for his drug reform-related voting record. He has a rating of 5 out of 6 for his pro-cannabis record from the National Cannabis Industry Association.
As of 2019, he has a 97% rating from the AFL-CIO for his pro-union voting record. As of 2020, Gallego has a 17% rating from FreedomWorks and a 9% score from Club for Growth for his economic voting record and a 47% voting record for his pro-business record from the United States Chamber of Commerce.
Gallego opposed the Trump administration's proposed rollback of protections for the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. Gallego oppposed the building of the Rosemont mine in Arizona, saying the mine will have a "devastating" environmental impact. He has sponsored efforts to require operators of public water systems to report when lead is found in water.
Gallego opposes efforts to deport undocumented immigrants while they wait to be eligible for citizenship. He has co-sponsored efforts to require lawyers for children who are at risk at being deported.
Gallego supports increasing taxes in order to balance the federal budget.
|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|
|Arizona's 7th Congressional District Election, 2018|
|Democratic||Ruben Gallego (Inc.)||113,044||85.6|
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.
|Arizona House of Representatives|
| Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 16th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 7th congressional district
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