A State Representative in the Texas House since 1991, Pete Gallego has earned a reputation as a leader for safeguarding clean air and water for Texas families and supporting funding for state parks. Gallego received a score of 93% on the Texas League of Conservation Voters’ 2011 TLCV Scorecard, and 100% in 2007 and 2009. He also earned the distinction of being the first-ever ethnic minority to chair the Texas House Democratic Caucus.
Gallego is an ardent supporter of policies that will facilitate the transition to a clean energy economy. In Congress, he will prioritize an extension of the Production Tax Credit for renewable energy to continue to capitalize on Texas’s huge potential for wind power, creation of a national renewable energy standard, and an increase in fuel efficiency standards.
Gallego joins the U.S. House after defeating one-term Representative and vehement climate change denier Francisco Canseco who received a score of 3% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard for his first year in Congress and the dubious distinction of being named to both LCV’s Dirty Dozen and Flat Earth Five campaigns this election cycle.
In his own words:
"I believe that investing in clean energy technology will help us protect the environment and create the good-paying jobs of the future. That's what the people and communities of Southwest Texas need. I have been committed to a robust, environmentally-friendly economy in the Texas legislature, and I'll continue to work on these critically important issues as a Member of Congress."