Texans, especially Hispanics, lost a giant among public servants, when State Senator Mario Gallegos died Tuesday afternoon. He fought right up until the end. Life’s many and varied struggles were not, and did not, defeat him.
Senator Gallegos and I were close friends for decades. He was a committed and tireless fighter for the issues important to the Hispanic community. The first Hispanic elected to the Texas Senate from Harris County, Mario dedicated his life to issues like public education, workers’ rights, and from a sick bed in the state capitol, to blocking a bill requiring voters to show photo identification. There was never an issue upon which we could not find common ground.
Please join me as we celebrate the life of Texas Senator Gallegos.
Austin and Houston services include:
In the words of Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 25, verse 23: Well done, thou good and faithful servant. We will never forget our friend, champion, fighter and public servant…his legacy will live on.
- Friday, Oct 19: Austin; Senate Chamber, 2nd Floor, Texas Capitol;2 pm: The Senator's body will lie in state in the Senate Chamber in the Texas Capitol; 3 pm: A celebration of the Senator's life, in the Senate Chamber; Immediately following Activities in the Senate Chamber: there will be a brief reception at AFL-CIO, 1106 Lavaca Street;
- Sunday, October 21: Visitation at 4 p.m., at the University of Houston’s Cullen Performance Hall, with Rosary to follow at 6:30 p.m.;
- Monday, October 22: The Celebration of Life funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m., at the downtown Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1701 San Jacinto.