Professional Firefighters of Arizona Endorse Ruben Gallego


July 3, 2014


Professional Firefighters of Arizona Endorse Ruben Gallego for Congress

PHOENIX, AZ — The Professional Firefighters of Arizona today endorsed Ruben Gallego for Congress.

“This election is about bringing new leadership to Congress from Arizona,” said Bryan Jeffries, President of the Professional Firefighters of Arizona. “For Arizona’s firefighters, Ruben Gallego isn’t just the right choice – he’s a young leader who will bring new energy and drive to representing our state, one who we look forward to partnering with for years to come.”

“As a combat veteran, Ruben has a deep understanding of the role first responders play and what they need in order to do their job successfully,” Jeffries added. “In the state legislature, Ruben was a reliable and effective ally for firefighters and all first responders. In Congress, we will look to Ruben to be a partner firefighters in Arizona deserve.”

The Professional Firefighters of Arizona represent firefighters throughout the state. The union is largely recognized as one of the state’s most powerful groups and boasts a number of recent electoral wins.

Gallego now has essentially locked up all of the major union endorsements in Arizona. In addition to the Professional Firefighters of Arizona, Gallego has the backing of AFL-CIO, SEIU, UFCW, the Building and Construction Trades, IBEW 640, AFSCME, Arizona Pipe Trades and the Teamsters.

Ruben Gallego is the child of Hispanic immigrants, raised by a single mom on the South Side of Chicago. Ruben enlisted in the Marines while attending Harvard, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. After graduating, Ruben served a tour in Iraq as a Marine with Lima 3/25. Ruben’s Marine Corps unit saw some of the toughest combat of the war.

Ruben was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 and became known for his tough stand against extreme legislation pushed by Republicans, helping lead the opposition to the discriminatory SB 1062. As a legislator he also led the push for Medicaid Expansion and secured in-state tuition for veterans. Ruben and his wife Kate live in South Mountain.