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Friends and colleagues are remembering State Senator Mario Gallegos, who died Tuesday after suffering complications from a 2007 liver transplant.

He spent his entire professional life in public service, first as a Houston fire fighter, then as a member of the Texas Legislature where he served in both the house and senate for a combined 22 years. Harold Cook is a family friend and says Mario Gallegos would want to be remembered for being a “good old fashioned political street fighter.”

Despite that reputation, politicians from both sides of aisle respected Gallegos. Republican Senator Dan Patrick told the Houston chronicle that Gallegos always treated him with courtesy and professionalism. Democratic Representative Garnet Coleman says Houstonians might not realize that education was one of Gallegos’ most important legacies.

Family members say a funeral will be held in Houston and a memorial service is planned for Austin. Mario Gallegos was 62 years old.

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