Alpine, TX — Representative Gallego filed an exploratory committee on Tuesday, July 4th, in order to talk with voters and hear their concerns in light of the current political climate. “After the 2016 election, I did not expect to consider another candidacy. I thought that part of my life was over and I’d focus on my family, my teaching and my law practice. However, after seeing just a few months of Donald Trump as President, I can’t in good conscience stay on the sidelines.”

Gallego, who represented the district until 2015, spent over 20 years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives before being elected to Congress. As a member of the Legislature, he led on many issues, from border security to increasing investments in public education and public universities. From his time in the State Legislature and his time in Congress, Representative Gallego learned the importance of putting families above politics and of working with members from both sides of the aisle. 

 Representative Gallego knows that the current political climate and level of discourse has devolved to making bi-partisanship almost impossible. “Our core values are under attack.  I worry about what it means for our future – I worry about what it means for the part of Texas I love and what it means for the country I want to leave my son. President Trump and his allies in Washington are taking us in the wrong direction – and we have a Congress that refuses to show independence, refuses to show a backbone, and refuses to hold Donald Trump accountable for his words and behavior. This is not about politics, this about who we are as a nation.”