Mario Gallegos

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Mario Gallegos
Mario Gallegos.jpg
Texas State Senate, District 6
Former member
In office
1995 - 2012
Elections and appointments
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth9/8/1950
ProfessionRetired Fireman (Captain)
Office website
Mario Gallegos, Jr. (September 8, 1950 - October 16, 2012) was a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 6 from 1995-2012.

Gallegos graduated with a B.A. from the University of Houston in 2001 and served in the Texas House of Representatives until he passed away in October 2012.[1]

In addition to being a senator, Gallegos served 22 years on the Houston Fire Department. He obtained the position of Senior Captain before his retirement.[2][3]

Committee assignments


Mario Gallegos served on the following Texas Senate committees:


District 6

Mario Gallegos represented District 6, which includes the county of Brazos, Texas.[4]



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Gallegos filed to run in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 6. He ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. Gallegos passed away in October 2012, prior to the general election on November 6, 2012. However, his name still appeared on the ballot, and he received the most votes. A special election to fill the seat was set for January 26, 2013.[5]

Texas State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMario Gallegos Incumbent 70.9% 93,289
     Republican R.W. Bray 29.1% 38,201
Total Votes 131,490


On Nov. 4, 2008, Gallegos won election to the 6th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponents Gilbert Pena and Susan Delgado.[6]

Gallegos raised $430,953 for his campaign while Pena raised $40,000 and Delgado raised $0.[7]

Texas State Senate, District 6 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mario Gallegos (D) 72,960 70.01%
Gilbert Pena (R) 27,751 26.63%
Susan Delgado (L) 3,496 3.35%

Campaign donors


In 2008, a year in which Gallegos was up for re-election, he collected $430,953 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Bob Perry $35,000
Doylene Perry $15,000
Michael Brown $10,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $10,000


In 2004, a year in which Gallegos was up for re-election, he collected $571,179 in donations.[9]

His five largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $80,000
Williams Bailey Law Firm $52,500
Texans for Insurance Reform $26,500
Texas Association of Realtors $17,000
Silber Pearlman $15,000


Gallegos took a $3,000 taxpayer-funded junket to Maui in 2008. Gallegos took his wife, Theresa, and son, Mario Elias, on the trip as well, though he did not use state funds to pay for their travel.

Gallegos was attending a conference put on by the Folsom, Calif.-based Pacific Policy Research Foundation.[10]


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[11] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Mario Gallegos received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Gallegos was born on September 8, 1950 in Houston, TX.

He died on October 16, 2012, of complications relating to liver disease, and is survived by his wife, Theresa, and three children: Ali, Melissa and Mario.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Shelley
Texas Senate District 6
1995-October 2012
Succeeded by
Sylvia Garcia (D)