Why He Matters
Pete Gallego was born and raised in Alpine in deep West Texas, but has spent most of his time living in Austin since being elected as a state lawmaker in 1990. He received a bachelor's degree from Sul Ross State University and a law degree from the University of Texas. He is a counsel at the law firm of Brown McCarroll LLP, which has an office in Austin. Gallego served as an assistant attorney general before returning to Alpine as a felony prosecutor. Gallego was just 28 years old when his neighbors urged him to run for the state Legislature. He served in the Texas House from 1991 until 2012, when he filed to run for Congress in the 23rd Congressional District, a seat now held by San Antonio Republican U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco. Gallego and his wife, Maria Elena Ramon, have a son.