By The Hill Staff - 11/14/12 12:33 AM EST
Rep.-elect Pete Gallego (D-Texas-23)
Date of Birth: Dec. 2, 1961
Birthplace: Alpine, Texas
Residence: Austin, Texas
Education: B.A., Sul Ross State University; J.D., University of Texas School of Law — Austin
Previous Office Held: State representative; serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO)
Family: Wife, Maria Elena Ramon
Pete Gallego beat Republican freshman Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco in one of the toughest House races in the country — a competitive seat that both parties fought to win.
The redistricting process made the San Antonio-based 23rd district the biggest swing in Texas. The newly redrawn district, which runs along the border with Mexico, is a minority majority, with 66 percent of its constituents Hispanics. The two candidates held one of their debates in Spanish.
Gallego had strong support from the Democratic Party, and former President Clinton came to the district to campaign for him.
A member of the Texas state legislature since 1991, Gallego stressed his work across the aisle during his campaign. During his tenure in the statehouse, he was known for his expertise in appropriations, law enforcement, criminal justice, campaign finance and victims’ rights.