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Wed Oct 17, 2012, 11:56 AM

Rest in peace, Senator Mario Gallegos

AAS 10/16/12

State senator from Houston dies of liver disease

AUSTIN, Texas State Sen. Mario Gallegos Jr., a long-serving Texas lawmaker and retired Houston firefighter, died Tuesday from liver disease at the age of 62.

Gallegos' political consultant, Harold Cook, released a statement saying the state senator passed away in a Houston hospital surrounded by his family.

"The Senator's family is enormously grateful for the outpouring of support, thoughts, and prayers expressed during the last few days, and respectfully requests media to continue respecting their privacy as they work through this difficult time," Cook said.

Gallegos was running against Republican R.W. Bray in the November general election. It's too late to remove his name from the ballot. If Gallegos wins, the governor will need to schedule a special election to replace him.

The staunch Democrat had represented Senate District 6 in Harris County since 1995, having served in the Texas House the previous four years. He developed a reputation for toughness in 2007 when he showed up in the Senate chamber shortly after a liver transplant to vote against a measure that would have required a photo ID in order to vote in Texas.


I admired him quite a bit when he came back to Austin to block photo ID during the 2007 legislative session. Against the advice of his doctors he traveled to Austin to be ready to hold the block on the bill. He was that kind of man.

Rest in peace, Senator Gallegos.

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sonias Oct 2012 OP
white cloud Oct 2012 #1
Zen Democrat Oct 2012 #2
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Melissa G Oct 2012 #4
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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:15 PM

1. May he RIP

Thanks

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:18 PM

2. He'll be missed in Houston and in all of Texas. RIP Mario.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:44 PM

3. Condolences to his family and friends -

he sounds like a very good man.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:10 AM

4. I still remember him during that brutal

voter ID fight resting in the hallway, but there fighting for us, when he could have been in bed. Amazing man!

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:26 AM

5. Amen

Big man with a bigger heart.

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