Gallego tapped as national campaign chairman for Swalwell presidential bid

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoMark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego Legal marijuana backers tout potential money for states Leadership matters: President's words and actions show he is unfit to lead our nation MORE (D-Ariz.) was tapped Sunday to be the national campaign chairman for Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' President Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power 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 McSallyMark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego Senate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll MORE (R-Ariz.) in 2020, but Gallego recently said he would not seek the Senate seat.