We need to substantially reduce the amount of standardized tests within our education system and lift the burdens being felt by so many teachers across our country.
Our economy should work for everybody, not just a select few. Raising the minimum wage will make sure our growing economy creates more middle class jobs.
Our immigration system is broken and Arizona families are the ones paying the price. We need comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together and makes the DREAM Act law.
As an American and a veteran, I used to be appalled by the state of the American health care system. The Affordable Care Act has expanded access and quality of care, and I’m proud to support it.
Ruben Gallego is the child of Hispanic immigrants, raised by a single mom on the South Side of Chicago. Ruben grew up juggling school with helping his mother raise his three sisters, dreaming of someday getting the opportunity to improve his family’s circumstances.
Like many children of immigrants, Ruben got his opportunity to succeed through education and military service.
Ruben was the first person in his family to go to college. He got into Harvard and earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations. Two things happened at Harvard that changed Ruben’s life: he met his wife, Kate, and discovered a passion to serve.
After graduating, Ruben served a tour in Iraq as a Marine with Lima 3/25. Ruben’s Marine Corps unit saw some of the toughest combat of the war. When Ruben got home, he knew he wanted to spend his life helping his fellow veterans - a desire that drove him to enter politics.
Ruben was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010, serving until 2014. He represented District 27, which covers much of South Phoenix. He rose quickly in the state legislature, recently serving as Assistant Minority Leader. Ruben became known for his tough stand against extreme legislation pushed by Republicans in the state legislature, most recently leading the opposition to the discriminatory SB 1062, resulting in Governor Jan Brewer's veto. Ruben’s other main accomplishments as a legislator include leading the push for Medicaid Expansion and securing in-state tuition for veterans.
Ruben’s time in the legislature showed him that much of what he started working on as veterans’ issues touch everybody. Income inequality, education and opportunity disparity, immigration reform and the environment affect us all. These issues are going to require solutions from a fresh generation of leaders, and Ruben is running for Congress to help lead that movement.
Ruben sits on the board of the Phoenix Children’s Museum and the President's Community Advisory Board for South Mountain Community College. He was named one of Phoenix’s 40 leaders under the age of 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal. Ruben was also named one of Chicanos Por La Causa’s 40 under 40 most influential Hispanic leaders. Additionally, Ruben has served on Blue Ribbon Commissions for veterans’ issues.
Ruben and his wife Kate live in South Mountain.
Ruben served in the Marine Corps in the Lima 3/25 combat unit. The company was involved in some of the hardest combat of the Iraq War.
As a legislator, Ruben authored and co-authored sensible legislation designed for job growth and economic development.
Arizona has the potential to be a global leader in new and renewable energy while creating the type of infrastructure designed to help economic growth. We need fewer restrictions and more opportunities for Americans to get back to work.
Every veteran from every war should get the same standard of care as a member of Congress.
It’s time we raise the minimum wage.
Check out Ruben’s interview with the Washington Post!
Ruben is happy to accept an endorsement from VoteVets.org, an incredible organization dedicated to getting veterans like Ruben elected to public office.
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When Congressman Ed Pastor announced he would no longer seek re-election, I immediately began to think of what a huge loss it was for both the State of Arizona and the United States Congress (who truly need more members like Ed).
Then Kate (my wife) gave me the look. The look that says, “this is it.” We made the decision together, as a team. And that’s how we’ll run my campaign for United State Congress, as a team. I hope that, with your help, I can eventually become a mild-mannered, tolerant and progressive Representative like Congressman Ed Pastor.