Joe Gallegos

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Joe Gallegos
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Oregon House of Representatives District 30
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPortland State University
Master'sPortland State University
Ph.D.University of Denver, 1978
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
ProfessionOwner, Western Research Associates/Professor
Office website
Campaign website
Joe Gallegos is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Gallegos earned his B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University, his master's degree in Social Work from Portland State University and his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Denver in 1978. His professional experience includes serving as President of Western Research Associates and Professor Emeritus at the University of Portland from 1988 to 2011. Gallegos served in the United States Air Force.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gallegos served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education and Workforce Development
Human Services and Housing


Campaign themes


Gallegos' campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

A quality public education

  • Excerpt: "That’s why I will fight to cut waste and make sure more of our funding goes to schools, so we can reduce class sizes and eliminate teacher layoffs."

Local Jobs and Local Opportunity

  • Excerpt: "I’ll support legislation that will require Oregon to give its business to local companies so that our hard earned tax dollars create jobs here at home – not out of state. And to make sure that Oregonians are ready for work, I’ll support the creation of partnerships between colleges and businesses to better prepare our students to compete for good-paying jobs right here in our own neighborhoods."

Fighting for Healthy Families

  • Excerpt: "I also won’t be afraid to defend the interests of middle class families when they’re under attack by special interests. That’s why I’ll fight to insure that the state’s new health exchange plan is implemented properly and will seek other cost-saving approaches to health care as well."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Joe Gallegos was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Dan Mason was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gallegos also ran on the Independent Party ticket. Kyle Markley ran as a Libertarian candidate. Gallegos defeated Mason and Markley in the general election.[3][4]

Oregon House of Representatives District 30, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Gallegos Incumbent 50% 10,426
     Republican Dan Mason 40.8% 8,518
     Libertarian Kyle Markley 8.9% 1,860
     None Miscellaneous 0.2% 50
Total Votes 20,854


See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gallegos won election in the 2012 election for Oregon House District 30. He replaced Adriana Canas on the ballot after she withdrew in June.[5] Gallegos defeated incumbent Shawn Lindsay (R) and Kyle Markley (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Gallegos 49.5% 12,299
     Republican Shawn Lindsay Incumbent 44.7% 11,096
     Libertarian Kyle Markley 5.8% 1,441
Total Votes 24,836

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gallegos is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Gallegos raised a total of $648,343 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.[9]

Joe Gallegos's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon State House, District 30 Won $648,343
Grand Total Raised $648,343


Gallegos won election to the Oregon State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gallegos raised a total of $648,343.
Oregon State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joe Gallegos's campaign in 2012
Building Trades PAC$241,054
Service Employees Local 530$102,222
Oregon Democratic Party$85,948
Oregon Public Employees Local 530$29,799
Oregon Education Association$28,500
Total Raised in 2012$648,343
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 4 to July 9. In 2014, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 3 to March 10.

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Gallegos and his wife, Sheila, have one daughter.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Shawn Lindsay (R)
Oregon House of Representatives - District 30
Succeeded by