Who could replace Rep. Ruben Gallego in the House? Here's what we know

Tara Kavaler
Arizona Republic
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Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., is seen in the U.S. Capitol, July 14, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Ruben Gallego officially announced Monday he is running for U.S. Senate, leaving his House seat up for grabs. Speculation has centered on several people, including several state lawmakers, who potentially are interested in running in the 3rd Congressional District.

The area, which includes a portion of Glendale and Phoenix neighborhoods like south Phoenix, Laveen and Maryvale, heavily favors Democrats.

Gallego, D-Ariz., is running for the seat held by Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who is up for reelection in November 2024. He is an Iraq War veteran who was first elected to Congress in 2014.

Here are some other Phoenix-area Democrats who may be considering running for Gallego's seat, in alphabetical order:

Cesar Chavez

Chavez, 35, is a partner at Oracle Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm. He previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2017 until 2023. He originally was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when he was three years old.

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Steve Gallardo

Gallardo, 54, represents the 5th district on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. He previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009 and the state Senate from 2011 to 2015. Though his name came up in the initial rounds of speculation, Gallardo subsequently announced that he is not running.

Catherine Miranda

Miranda, 58, represents the 11th district in the Arizona State Senate. She has been in the body since 2015, prior to which she served in the Arizona House of Representatives for four years starting in 2011. She previously challenged Gallego for his Congressional seat in the 2018 Democratic primary.

Laura Pastor

Pastor, 53, has been on the Phoenix City Council since she was first elected in 2013. Pastor also teaches at Phoenix College. She is the daughter of the late Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., who retired from Congress in 2014 and represented the same area for years before Gallego.

Raquel Teran

Teran, 45, represents the 26th District in the state Senate. She won reelection last year after being appointed from the Arizona House of Representatives to fill Tony Navarrete's seat in 2021. She also was elected that year to be chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.

Tara Kavaler is a politics reporter at The Arizona Republic. She can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @kavalertara.

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