commissioner Pete P. Gallego

Pete Gallego is president of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He served in Congress as US Representative for the 23rd district of Texas from 2013-2014. He is also a former member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 74th district from 1991-2012.

While in Congress, Gallego served on the House Armed Services Committee, which had oversight over US efforts to stem narcotics trafficking in Central and South America. He was a member of the US/Mexico Interparliamentary Group. He received Mexico’s prestigious Ohtli Award for his work advancing the interests of Mexican Americans in the United States. When elected to the Texas House in 1990, Gallego became the first Hispanic to represent his district, which lies along the US border with Mexico. In 1991, he became the first freshman member and the first ethnic minority member ever elected as chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, a post he held until January 2001.

Gallego served on the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), and four terms as Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC). His state legislative career included chairmanships of the General Investigating Committee and several select and joint committees.

Gallego received his bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross State University in 1982 and earned a J.D. from The University of Texas in Austin.