|Running for U.S. House, Arizona, District 7|
|Date of primary||August 26, 2014|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Arizona House of Representatives District 27|
|2011-March 14, 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2010|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
Gallego has served as vice chair of the Arizona Democratic Party and as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Gallego earned his Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Harvard College. Gallego served in the United States Marine Corps in Iraq.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gallego served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gallego served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Water|
|• Military Affairs and Public Safety|
|• Ways and Means|
Gallego's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- for Us
- Excerpt: "Representative Gallego always acts with our area’s interests in mind. As our legislator, Ruben has fought for more jobs and economic development in the district, supporting expedited construction of the Loop 202 extension and turning the Salt River riverbank into one of the nation’s largest solar energy fields."
- for Bipartisan Solutions
- Excerpt: "Ruben has been a consistent voice for bipartisanship in the legislature. Of the 21 bills introduced or co-sponsored by Rep. Gallego that passed last session, all of them were sent to the governor with wide support from Democrats and Republicans."
- for Arizona’s Veterans
- Excerpt: "A Marine and veteran of the Iraq War, Ruben is known as one of Arizona’s most vocal advocates for veterans’ issues – especially for troops coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. In the last two years, Ruben has passed multiple bills and administrative changes supporting our veterans."
- for Better K-12 Education
- Excerpt: "A tireless advocate for quality education, Ruben supports reforms that would benefit our area and all of Arizona’s school-age children, including: Year-round school in urban areas to reduce teen pregnancy rates, juvenile crime rates, and to ease financial burdens on low and middle-income families during the summer months."
- for Quality, Affordable Higher Education
- Excerpt: "As someone who relied on aid to make it through college, Ruben understands the importance of quality, affordable higher education, and recognizes the vital role that higher education plays in providing opportunities for all."
The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.
Gallego received a score of 40 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of D- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 4 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Gallego’s 40 in 2012 was tied for the 43rd highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
Gallego is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 7th District. Gallego is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Gallego received the endorsement of former congressman Harry Mitchell. Mitchell said, "Since becoming a Marine, Ruben's whole life has been dedicated to public service. At the state legislature, Ruben proved himself to be one of the state's most effective public servants. I have no doubt that he would do the same in Congress."
Gallego also picked up the endorsement of Rep. Raul Grijalva. He said, "I worked with Ed Pastor for many years. He was the best partner I could have asked for in Phoenix, and I couldn’t think of a better candidate to replace him than Ruben Gallego. He’ll be a force for Arizona in Congress and I can’t wait to work with him."
Gallego won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 27. He and incumbent Catherine H. Miranda defeated Reginald Bolding in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 27 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Ruben Gallego Incumbent||38.1%||4,996|
|Catherine Miranda Incumbent||36.6%||4,800|
Gallego faced Cloves Campbell Jr. (incumbent), Sandra Gonzales, Cristy Lopez, Catherine H. Miranda and Jim Munoz in the August 24 primary. Gallego and Miranda advanced with 3,656 and 3,106 votes, respectively. They then defeated Michael Gular (R) and Angel Torres in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 16 General Election (2010)|
|Catherine H. Miranda (D)||19,197|
|Ruben Gallego (D)||18,365|
|Michael Gular (R)||8,551|
|Angel Torres (G)||2,532|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 16 Democratic Primary (2010)|
|Ruben Gallego (D)||3,656|
|Catherine H. Miranda (D)||3,106|
|Cloves Campbell Jr. (D)||2,866|
|Jim Munoz, Jr. (D)||2,038|
|Sandra Gonzales (D)||1,744|
|Cristy Lopez (D)||765|
Comprehensive donor information for Gallego is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gallego raised a total of $155,845 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.
|Ruben Gallego's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 27||$57,638|
|2010||Arizona State House, District 16||$98,207|
|Grand Total Raised||$155,845|
2012Gallego won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gallego raised a total of $57,638.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ruben Gallego's campaign in 2012|
|Neerken, Julie P||$1,099|
|Salt River Valley Water Users Association||$900|
|Bielecki, Paul Michael||$750|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$700|
|Arizona Medical Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$57,638|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Gallego won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Gallego raised a total of $98,207.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ruben Gallego's campaign in 2010|
|United Food & Commercial Workers Local 99||$1,664|
|Arizona Medical Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$98,207|
|Source:Follow the Money|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Ruben + Gallego + Arizona + House"
- Campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- Facebook page
- Twitter feed
- YouTube channel
- myfoxphoenix.com, "Rep. Gallego resigns from Arizona House," March 14, 2014
- Twitter, "Ruben Gallego," February 27, 2014
- Campaign website, Issues
- Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- azcentral, "Mitchell endorses Gallego in AZ07," March 11, 2014
- Politico, "Raul Grijalva takes sides in Arizona primary," March 19, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
- [http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Primary/Canvass.pdf Arizona Secretary of State " Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013]
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary results," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "Gallego, Ruben," accessed May 23, 2013