Tribpedia: Pete Gallego

Former House member and ex-U.S.Rep. Pete Gallego of Alpine visits the Texas House on Mar. 25, 2015. Gallego is consdering running again for the House seat now occupied by U.S. Rep. Will Hurd.
Former House member and ex-U.S.Rep. Pete Gallego of Alpine visits the Texas House on Mar. 25, 2015. Gallego is consdering running again for the House seat now occupied by U.S. Rep. Will Hurd.

Pete Gallego Mounts Campaign Against Will Hurd

Democrat Pete Gallego is determined to take back the 23rd congressional district from U.S. Rep. Will Hurd. But his rival is leveraging the benefits of incumbency — most obviously, fundraising — and mounting a stronger campaign than last time around. 

Signs greeting early voters are shown in October 2014 outside the Lakeside Activity Center in Mesquite.
Signs greeting early voters are shown in October 2014 outside the Lakeside Activity Center in Mesquite.

Analysis: A Change in Political Winds Every Two Years

Texas swings from conservative to very conservative every two years. The turnout is higher when there is a presidential race on the ballot, and the state's Republicans are a little less dominant. It doesn't change the results in top races, but the effects on other parts of the ballot can be dramatic.

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek asks questions during the first public hearing of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 23, 2014.
Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek asks questions during the first public hearing of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 23, 2014.

The Brief: New Report Finds More Problems in 21CT Deal

A state auditor's report that looked into the controversial no-bid fraud detection software contract awarded to the technology firm 21CT revealed "operational defects" in how the state's health and human services agency awards contracts.

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, at a Texas Tribune event on Dec. 18, 2014.
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, at a Texas Tribune event on Dec. 18, 2014.

Will Hurd Rakes in More Than $500,000 in First Quarter

Freshman U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, raised over $500,000 in his first quarter in Congress, according to an aide. The figure comes just hours after the man Hurd ousted from office last November, Democrat Pete Gallego of Alpine, announced he would challenge Hurd to a rematch. 

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left) was ousted by Republican Will Hurd, right, in the 2014 CD-23 contest.
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left) was ousted by Republican Will Hurd, right, in the 2014 CD-23 contest.

Gallego to Seek Rematch With U.S. Rep. Hurd

As expected, former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, will run for Congress in a rematch against Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio. Hurd ousted Gallego in 2014 by a 2-point margin. The race for the 23rd District is likely to be Texas’ most exciting federal race in the fall of 2016, thanks to a lack of competitive House races.

This is a photo of one of two $2800 chairs ordered by Jack Stick's office when he was deputy inspector general. The chairs which resemble the ones used in the Texas Legislature committee hearing rooms, were discovered after the resignations of Stick, and Doug Wilson, inspector general.
This is a photo of one of two $2800 chairs ordered by Jack Stick's office when he was deputy inspector general. The chairs which resemble the ones used in the Texas Legislature committee hearing rooms, were discovered after the resignations of Stick, and Doug Wilson, inspector general.

The Brief: Senators Suggest 21CT Contract Points to Larger Problems

The ability of Austin tech firm 21CT to secure a $20 million Medicaid fraud software contract through a no-bid program run by the state's Department of Information Resources drew intense scrutiny from Senate budget writers on Tuesday.

A cascade aerator is shown at the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant outside of San Antonio, where the San Antonio Water System maintains an underground storage reservoir.
A cascade aerator is shown at the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant outside of San Antonio, where the San Antonio Water System maintains an underground storage reservoir.

The Brief: San Antonio on Verge of Big Water Play

Questions continue to be raised about a giant water pipeline project that would pump roughly 16 billion gallons of groundwater annually from Burleson County to San Antonio.

An international bridge connecting Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
An international bridge connecting Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

Program Helping to Reduce Wait Times at Border Bridges

Nine months into a federal pilot program created to reduce wait times at international ports of entry, operators of bridges on the Texas-Mexico border say it appears to be accomplishing that goal. But they also say it’s difficult to measure whether cars, trucks and pedestrians are moving faster across the border.