State Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr. died today in Houston at the age of 62. Gallegos, in office since 1995, had been the quintessence of the Hispanic community in Houston. Prior to serving in the State Senator, Gallegos was a state representative for two terms, from 1991 to 1995.
Gallegos had been hospitalized a few days previous. Houston has most definitely lost one of our most courageous legislators. Long ago, when I made my start into politics, I started a campaign to rename HISD schools named after Confederates such as Davis and Lee. At the school board meeting, Gallegos addressed the board immediately before I did. In the aftermath, as the school board seemed set in its institutionally racist ways, it seemed Senator Gallegos was my only friend in a high place. I will always be thankful for that. RIP, Senator.
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