West Texas Needs Pete Gallego's Continued Leadership

October 1st, 2008

We’ve focused on the parts of Texas impacted by Hurricane Ike recently here on TLCV Blog. But Texas, as has been noted elsewhere, is a big state. In West Texas, Rep. Pete Gallego is running a great re-election campaign, and the TLCV Political Committee was proud to endorse him.

Rep. Gallego earned a score of A+ on the League’s 2007 legislative scorecard because of his outstanding pro-conservation leadership in the Texas House. He’s been a reliable vote for the environmental community, and we need him back in Austin in January.

Today, Rep. Gallego sent an email to his supporters trumpeting the League’s endorsement:

Texas League of Conservation Voters Endorses Rep. Gallego

(Alpine)–One of the leading voices for environmental protection and conservation in Texas, the Texas League of Conservation Voters, has proudly endorsed State Representative Pete Gallego for re-election this November.

“West Texans should be as proud of Representative Gallego as they are of their beautiful mountains and scenery,” said James Canup, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters. “They are fortunate to have such a strong advocate in the Texas House who shares their desire to clean our air, clean our water, increase our renewable and alternative energy sources, protect our public parklands, and make Texas more energy efficient.”

“I want to thank the Texas League of Conservation Voters for their endorsement, their friendship, and the trust they continue to place in my leadership on environmental issues from energy conservation and efficiency to environmental protection,” said Rep. Gallego. “I will continue to fight for cleaner water, cleaner air, protected public parklands, and against low-level nuclear waste dumps in West Texas.”

According to the TLCV letter endorsing Rep. Gallego, “Because of you’re A+ grade in our 2007 legislative scorecard for voting with Texas’ environmental communities, we’re pleased to endorse your re-election. Your leadership addressing environmental issues both in your district and across Texas is inspirational, and critically important for our future as Texans.”

“Working together with organizations like the Texas League of Conservation Voters, we will make Texas a safer, cleaner, more energy efficient state for all Texas families,” said Rep. Gallego. “I am humbled by their support and look forward to continuing our work to make our water and air cleaner, our
parks more accessible, and our energy more efficient.” Rep. Gallego’s pro-environment positions and accomplishments:
  • Rep. Gallego has consistently authored, supported and voted for legislation to increase renewable and alternative energy by increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standard
  • Rep. Gallego has been a leading proponent of and champion for West Texas wind farms, creating both clean energy and green collar jobs for West Texas Rep. Gallego lead the fight opposing the effort to make HD 74 near Sierra Blanco the nation’s primary low level radioactive waste dump
  • Rep. Gallego has consistently fought to ensure Big Bend Ranch State Park, the Christmas Mountains, and other Texas parklands remain open and accessible to all Texans
  • Rep. Gallego has consistently fought to increase funding for state and local parks
  • Rep. Gallego has consistently supported legislation supporting cleaner water and cleaner air
  • Rep. Gallego earned a grade of A+ on the Texas League of Conservation Voters 2007 legislative scorecard

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Good luck on November 4th, Rep. Gallego!