Gallego finds life after politics

SAN ANTONIO – “They say you always come back to your roots,” former area congressman and longtime state legislator Pete Gallego said on his Facebook page this week. “Before my long journey in politics started, I was the First Assistant in the District Attorney’s office in the 83rd Judicial District. At the time, it was a small office with only 4 or 5 attorneys – several of whom were attached to our office through a task force. I loved working as a prosecutor.” But Bexar County Criminal District Attorney Joe Gonzales recently invited him back into a prosecutor’s office as an Assistant District Attorney. “I’ll be handling legislative affairs and community outreach efforts for the Bexar County District Attorney’s office, along with the occasional opportunity to get back into a courtroom, which was my favorite part of being a lawyer,” Gallego said. The Alpine native was a longtime state representative for the area and served one term as the area’s congressman. “Alpine is still home and I’ll still be at Sul Ross Lobo basketball, baseball and football games on most weekends,” he said. “However, during the week, I’ll either be in San Antonio or Austin working to make our criminal justice system better. “My thanks to Joe Gonzales and to former judge Philip Kazen, who left the bench to serve as the new First Assistant District Attorney in the Bexar County DA’s office,” Gallego said.