Ellis Statement on Passing of Senator Mario Gallegos
Proud firefighter served Texas with passion and resolve for 23 years in the legislature
(Austin, Texas)—Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today released the following statement on the passing of Texas State Senator Mario Gallegos (D-Houston).
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a dear friend and colleague, Senator Mario Gallegos. The people of Texas have lost a champion today, and the Texas Senate has lost a piece of its heart. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Theresa, his children -- Ali, Melissa and Mario -- and to his extended family during this time of deep grief and sorrow.
"Mario was tough, passionate and dedicated to the cause of building a better Texas. He was a good friend, good man and tremendous advocate for education and equality. We didn't always agree, but you always knew where you stood with Mario. When he was on your side, you knew you had a pugnacious and dedicated defender; if he was on the other side, you knew you had to be prepared to vigorously defend your position, because he would fight like a bulldog for what he believed.
"Mario was a good and dedicated public servant who truly fought for those who did not have a voice in Austin. He was a powerful champion for working families and our school children. He had the will and determination of the firefighter he was, and his no nonsense style and courage made him a tremendous advocate for the people.
"He fought a long, courageous battle against liver disease, and his strength and determination to continue working and living was an inspiration to us all. Even as his body began to fail him, Mario's spirit never wavered. Mario leaves a tremendous legacy of love, friendship, courage, dedication and passion, and he will be sorely missed."