Rick Galindo

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Ricardo "Rick" Galindo, III

Texas State Representative for District 117 (Bexar County)
In office
January 13, 2015 – January 9, 2017
Preceded by Philip Cortez]]
Succeeded by Philip Cortez

Born April 27, 1981
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Valerie Deanna Tey Galindo (married 2008)
Children Two daughters
Residence San Antonio, Texas
Alma mater Central Catholic Marianist High School

St. Mary's University

Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Ricardo A. Galindo, III, usually known as Rick Galindo (born April 27, 1981), is a businessman in his native San Antonio, Texas, and a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 117 in Bexar County. He narrowly unseated the one-term incumbent Democrat Philip Cortez in the general election held on November 4, 2014. District 117 is considered one of only a handful of swing districts in the Texas House.

Background

Galindo is a son of Oscar Hernandez Galindo, a former employee of the since-closed Kelly Air Force Base, and Valeria Galindo. He graduated from entral Catholic Marianist High School in downtown San Antonio. He subsequently received a degree in Finance and Risk Management from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He worked for the H. B. Zachry Company and is currently a risk manager for Spectrum Association Management. He and his wife, the former Valeria Deanna Tey, an educator with the Northside Independent School District, have two daughters.[1]

Political life

On March 4, 2014, Galindo won the Republican nomination for state representative over a former lawmaker, John Garza, 2,372 votes (64.6 percent) to 1,300 (35.4 percent).[2] He then unseated Cortez, 12,835 votes (52.7 percent) to 11,521 (47.3 percent).[3]

Galindo describes himself as a "true conservative" dedicated to job creation, opposition to abortion and the Second Amendment.[4]

Endorsed by the Hispanic Republicans of Texas,[5] Galindo is expected to face a rematch with Philip Cortez in the 2016 general election. In the swing district, Republicans have won the position during mid-term elections of 2010 and 2014 but lost it twice with the national victories of U.S. President Barack H. Obama. A public affairs specialist with the United States Air Force and a former member of the San Antonio City Council, Cortez will be deployed early in 2016 for as long as six months in southwest Asia. He is expected to return to San Antonio by September in time for the general election campaign against Galindo. Meanwhile, he will designate surrogates to represent him at campaign functions. Cortez has painted Galindo as too conservative for the district. Galindo's vote for the 2015 state budget, said Cortez, shortchanged health care services and public education.[6]

On November 8, 2016, the Democrat Philip Cortez unseated Galindo to reclaim the District 117 House seat, as Hillary Rodham Clinton handily prevailed in Bexar County.

References

  1. About Rick Galindo. rickgalindo.com. Retrieved on December 10, 2014.
  2. Republican primary election returns (House District 117), March 4, 2014. enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved on March 9, 2014.
  3. General election returns, November 4, 2014. Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved on December 10, 2014.
  4. On the Issues. rickgalindo.com. Retrieved on December 10, 2014.
  5. Steve Walker (November 12, 2013). Rick Galindo for State Rep. Dist. 117. walkerreport.blogspot.com. Retrieved on December 10, 2014.
  6. Gilbert Garcia, "Reserve deployment a hurdle for candidate", San Antonio Express-News, November 20, 2015, p. A2