Funeral held today for Sen. Gallegos

Monday, October 22, 2012
State Senator Mario Gallegos

A funeral was held this morning for longtime Texas Senator Mario Gallegos.

Last night, Houstonians, friends and family joined state and local leaders in remembering Gallegos. He was known as a 'warrior' for education.

Those who knew him, both politically or personally, shared stories of the man who gained a reputation as a fighter. Gallegos served at the Houston fire department for 22 years before becoming the first Mexican-American State Senator from Harris County.

Gallegos died Tuesday after complications from a liver transplant five years ago.

"He will never be known for passing a ton of major legislation," said friend Harold Cook. "What he will be well known for is never running from the fight."

This morning's funeral mass begins at 9:30am at the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral.

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