Iâ€™ve always said it â€“ the only part of politics I donâ€™t like is the political part. I prefer to be helping people and getting things done for our communities.
For example, a few days ago, I announced that my staff and I helped constituents recover over $2.5 million from federal agencies.
This is one of my proudest accomplishments. While helping constituents recover what the government rightfully owes them, we get to know them and their families â€“ we establish a relationship. We enjoy working for the people we serve and are always happy when people leave our office with a smile. Many of these constituents are veterans who served our country in uniform and are now retired and need help busting through the bureaucracy of a federal agency or department. Our job is to make government accessible and available to the people it serves â€“ that it works for them.
Itâ€™s been a little over a year and three months since I was sworn in as the U.S. Representative for this vast district that stretches from El Paso to San Antonio, to Kermit and Eldorado and down to Del Rio and Eagle Pass. The 23rd District of Texas is among the largest, most scenic and unique districts in the country forming almost 24 percent of Texas.
You have given me the distinct honor to serve as your congressman. I take that responsibility seriously.
Working to make things better for people at home, like helping them get their VA benefits, social security checks or IRS refunds, gives me great satisfaction. It is extremely important to me that we make government easier and more accessible.
My responsibility is to the people at home â€“ to Texas and the country â€“ before any commitment to party, partisanship or politics. Regularly, I am reminded of the monumental difficulties and tasks ahead and the responsibility you have given me.
From dealing with world affairs involving Ukraine, Syria, Korea and Afghanistan â€“ to issues we face at home such as the economy, the deficit, costs of living, affordable access to colleges and universities. The lists go on.
Iâ€™m lucky to have an excellent staff â€“ they are my eyes, ears, hands and feet.
They help me be many places at once. They are diligent and committed in their work of helping people, and their quality of effort reflects their dedication to our community. And, because of my small business background, our office runs with the efficiency the taxpayers have a right to expect.
We have already set our next goal: $5 million. We will continue to work and recover more money for constituents of 23rd District of Texas. Thatâ€™s why we are here â€“ to work for you.
If we can be of assistance to you or a family member in the district, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our offices. We have an open door policy. We strive to be better everyday. Our contact information can be found at www.gallego.house.gov.
We are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (local times). The number to the El Paso office is (915) 872-1066. You can call the San Antonio office at (210) 927-4592 or the Del Rio/Eagle Pass office at (830) 488-6600.
Truly, it is an honor to serve you. Thank you.