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State Senator Mario Gallegos Passes Away At Age 62


by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 06:39 PM CDT



State Senator Mario Gallegos passed away today at age 62 from complications associated with a 2007 liver transplant. Senator Gallegos served in the Legislature for 22 years. The first Hispanic Senator elected from Harris County, he was a staunch advocate for issues that impact the Hispanic community, as well as education and criminal justice.

In 2007, Senator Gallegos returned to the Capitol shortly after a liver transplant, so that he could cast his vote as the 11th Senator against the Republicans' Photo Voter ID bill that session.

The Houston Chronicle blogged at the time:

Doctors wanted Gallegos to stay in Houston. But doing so would have given Republicans enough votes to pass a voter identification bill.

Gallegos and every Democrat oppose the legislation, contending that it's part of an orchestrated campaign to suppress voting of low-income and elderly citizens.

Gallegos was a champion of Democratic and progressive causes. This is a sad day for Texas, who have lost a leader who fought for the people to the very end.

Our condolences to his family, friends, staff, and colleagues in this sad time.  

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A sad -- and dangerous -- day for Texas (0.00 / 0)
We've lost a leader of courage and integrity who risked his life cast the 11th vote needed to block Republican mischief. It's a tragedy for his family above all, and for his supporters and admirers everywhere.

It's also a sad day for the values that Gallegos fought for, since we just lost the 11th vote needed to block Republican mischief in 2013. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Gallegos' name will remain on the ballot, but if he wins there will be a special election in May 2013 -- too late to fill the seat for the regular 2013 legislative session. Either Gallegos' district will be represented by a Republican, or it won't be represented at all. Either way, his district and Texas lose.  


Such a shame... (0.00 / 0)
Texas lost a true champion. The republicans will launch a desperate campaign to get swing voters to vote for their candidate. We HAVE to win this seat and force a special election, or the republicans will run it into the ground over the next 6 years.

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