Phoenix, AZ – The first and largest progressive group of Veterans in America, representing over 1.5 million Veterans, Military Families and their civilian supporters is today throwing its weight behind Ruben Gallego, in his run to be Arizona’s next U.S. Senator.
“Ruben is one of the people VoteVets endorsed early, when he was running for State office, and we have watched him grow into a hard-working, no-nonsense Congressional representative for the people of Arizona and the Veterans with whom he served,” said VoteVets Chairman and Iraq War Veteran Jon Soltz. “Ruben is a fierce advocate for the people who need an advocate the most, and he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. It’s worth noting that in the Senate, Ruben would be teaming up with another Veteran we’ve endorsed, Mark Kelly. This would give Arizona one of the strongest pairs of Senators in the entire body, which would be a win for Arizonans and Veterans. We’re proud to endorse Ruben to be Arizona’s next Senator.”
Congressman Ruben Gallego represents the 7th District of Arizona, including parts of Phoenix, Glendale, and Tolleson, in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2014, with VoteVets’ endorsement.
Prior to that, Gallego was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010, with VoteVets’ endorsement, and served until 2014. He also served as VoteVets’ Arizona State Captain prior to being in elected office.
Ruben Gallego is a Marine Corps combat veteran, a lifelong community leader, and the son of Hispanic immigrants. He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Harvard University. Gallego enlisted in the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq in 2005 as an infantryman, serving with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines. His Company saw some of the worst fighting of the Iraq War, losing 22 Marines and a Navy Corpsman to enemy action in eight months. Following his experience in Iraq, Congressman Gallego committed to ensuring that servicemen and –women are never sent into harm’s way without a plan for winning the fight, securing the peace, and providing post-conflict medical, psychological and familial care.