|U.S. House, Arizona, District 7|
|January 3, 2015 - Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Ed Pastor (D)|
|State House Assistant Minority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Arizona House of Representatives District 27|
|2011-March 14, 2014|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Gallego is a former Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 27 from 2011 to March 14, 2014. He resigned to focus on his congressional campaign. In the 2013 session, Gallego served as Assistant Minority Leader.
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 University. He served in the United States Marine Corps in Iraq.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Gallego's academic, professional and political career:
- 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Arizona's 7th Congressional District
- 2012-2014: Assistant minority leader
- 2010-2014: Arizona House of Representatives
- 2009: Vice-chair, Arizona Democratic Party
- 2008: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
- 2007-2008: Public affairs consultant
- 2002-2006: United States Marine Corps
- 2004: Graduated from Harvard University with an A.B.
Gallego serves on the following committees:
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 campaign website listed the following issues:
—Ruben Gallego's campaign website, http://gallegoforarizona.com/issues/
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 won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 7th District. Gallego defeated Randy Camacho, Jarrett Maupin and Mary Rose Wilcox in the primary on August 26, 2014. He then defeated Joe Cobb (L), Rebecca DeWitt (Americans Elect) and Jose Penalosa (I) in the November general election.
The signatures on his nomination petition were challenged in June 2014, but the challenge was quickly dismissed. The challenge was issued by Mary Rose Wilcox, a fellow Democratic primary competitor. She said, "I am not trying to push anyone off the ballot, and I am not hiding behind lawsuits filed by others. I am openly calling for Mr. Marinelarena or Mr. Marinelarena Gallego to put his legal surname, including his given name Marinelarena, on the ballot, so everyone has the chance to learn about his experiences and who he really is." Gallego, who was formerly known as Ruben Marinelarena, dropped the last name of his father, who abandoned his family when he was young, in 2008 prior to beginning his political career.The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 7 General Election, 2014|
|Americans Elect||Rebecca DeWitt||5.3%||3,858|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Mary Rose Wilcox||36.3%||11,077|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State|
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 history
Comprehensive donor information for Gallego is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gallego raised a total of $1,092,033 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.
|Ruben Gallego's Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||US House (Arizona, District 7)||$936,188|
|2012||Arizona State House, District 27||$57,638|
|2010||Arizona State House, District 16||$98,207|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,092,033|
Gallego won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Gallego's campaign committee raised a total of $936,188 and spent $911,026. This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.
Cost per vote
Gallego spent $16.80 per vote received in 2014.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 7, 2014 - Ruben Gallego Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,288|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,288|
|Top contributors to Ruben Gallego's campaign committee|
|Snell & Wilmer||$11,800|
|Human Rights Campaign||$10,475|
|Communications Workers of America||$10,250|
|United Food & Commercial Workers Union||$10,250|
|Credit Union National Assn||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$34,000|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Below are Gallego's FEC reports.
|Ruben Gallego (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$0||$161,935||$(6,386)||$155,548|
|July Quarterly||July 16, 2014||$155,548||$272,937||$(128,437)||$300,048|
|Pre-Primary||August 14, 2014||$300,048||$103,230||$(351,277)||$52,001|
|October Quarterly||October 7, 2014||$52,001||$224,913||$(187,460)||$89,455|
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|
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- Campaign website
- Official U.S. House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- Facebook page
- Twitter feed
- YouTube channel
- The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
- myfoxphoenix.com, "Rep. Gallego resigns from Arizona House," March 14, 2014
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2014
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "GALLEGO, Ruben, (1979 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 11, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Goldwater Institute, "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- Politico, "2014 Arizona House Primaries Results," accessed August 26, 2014
- Arizona Daily Independent, "2014 Nomination Petition Challenges," accessed June 13, 2014
- Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Luntz says GOP pollsters suck. Wehby helps prove his point.," June 13, 2014
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- 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
- 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
- Open Secrets, "Gallego, Ruben," accessed February 3, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Ruben Gallego 2014 Election Cycle," accessed February 24, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed February 23, 2015
- Federal Election Commission, "Ruben Gallego April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Ruben Gallego July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Ruben Gallego Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Ruben Gallego October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
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