Gallego tapped as national campaign chairman for Swalwell presidential bid

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoCongressional Hispanic Caucus calls for answers on Mississippi ICE raids Congressional Hispanic Caucus members call for diversity within the Fed Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument MORE (D-Ariz.) was tapped Sunday to be the national campaign chairman for Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellIf the Democratic debates were pro wrestling, de Blasio is comic relief Inslee seeking third term as governor after ending presidential bid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts MORE's (D-Calif.) 2020 presidential campaign.

Gallego, a rising star within the Democratic Party, was formally announced during Swalwell's campaign kickoff rally in Dublin, Calif.

“Ruben Gallego’s entire life has been defined by hard work," Swalwell said. "He knows why people work hard, and that the payoff has to be that it adds up to doing better for yourself and dreaming bigger for your kids."

“Ruben has served our country as both a Marine in Iraq and as the first Colombian-American member of Congress,” Swalwell continued. “As the first in both our families to go to college, he and I have traveled the country together seeking to make college affordable for the next generation. As two young dads, we babysit for each other’s kids, and share ideas on how to make child care and health care more affordable."

"Ruben is a dear friend, and I’m honored to have his support in this campaign,” he added.

Gallego praised Swalwell at the rally, highlighting their close relationship.

“I got to know Eric as we visited with millennials in various cities as part of Future Forum, the group Eric founded in the House, and I immediately saw that he gets what America is all about,” Gallego said. “His work defending our democracy, speaking out for justice and equality for all, and making it easier for Americans to reach their dreams makes him the perfect candidate to lead our nation."

Gallego, who was elected to his third term in November, serves as senior whip for the Democratic caucus. He is the first vice chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and vice chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

He had been floated as a potential challenger to Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGabby Giffords participating in gun violence town hall in El Paso following mass shooting Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid MORE (R-Ariz.) in 2020, but Gallego recently said he would not seek the Senate seat.