Senator Mario V. Gallegos, Jr., who passed away on October 16, 2012, was a retired firefighter first elected to represent SD-6 in 1994. He was the first Hispanic senator elected to represent Harris County and previously served two terms as a Texas House member.
He served as chairman on the Senate Subcommittee on Flooding and Evacuations, the vice-chair on the Senate Select Committee on redistricting, and a member on the Jurisprudence, Education, Intergovernmental Relations, and International Relations and Trade committees.
Gallegos cited as his legislative priorities economic development issues, the creation of municipal management districts, and legislation that positively affects police officers and firefighters. Gallegos also cited senior citizen and education issues as high priorities on his legislative agenda.
He was recognized by the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters and the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas for his work during the 77th Legislative Session. A graduate of the University of Houston, Gallegos also filed legislation geared toward ensuring the current levels of university funding for the Houston area increase to meet the demographic changes in his district.
Gallegos was also been the recipient of the Texas Municipal League's "Distinguished Legislative Service Award", the Sierra Club's “Legislative Service Award,” the Texas Women's Political Caucus “Good Guy Award,” “Legislator of the Year” by the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas and the “Fiestas Patrias Distinguished Hispanic of the Year Award.”