Congressman Ruben Gallego Delivers First “State of the District” Speech to Local First AZ Members

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Yesterday, Congressman Ruben Gallego delivered the first-ever “State of the District” speech for Arizona’s 7th Congressional District, highlighting issues affecting local businesses and Arizona’s economy.

We need to invest in infrastructure of opportunity so every Arizonan can achieve success.
— Congressman Ruben Gallego at State of the District, September 1, 2016

Congressman Gallego provided an update on his work in Congress during his first term, including expanding access to mental health care services for veterans and tackling student loan debt with a debt-free college plan. He spoke about his efforts to boost local transportation and infrastructure improvements that will create middle class jobs in Phoenix and spur local economic development.

Congressman Gallego also addressed upcoming challenges that he said he plans to tackle in the coming months and years. Those plans include working with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to lead the fight for comprehensive immigration reform and repairing and expanding the social safety net for those who become ill or lose their jobs.

When asked about his favorite local businesses, Congressman Gallego mentioned a few in the Downtown Phoenix area including The Vig, Mother Bunch Brewing, Lola Coffee, and Valley Bar.

The event took place this morning at The Vintage 45 in the historic Downtown Warehouse District. It was organized by Local First Arizona, a statewide non-profit organization working to strengthen communities by supporting and growing locally owned businesses.

This was Local First Arizona's first State of the District event, as well. "We are always looking for opportunities to connect our members with their elected officials and engage them in the civic process," said Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning. "We look forward to hosting similar events like this with Congressman Gallego and other elected officials in the future."

For a full transcript of Congressman Gallego’s remarks as prepared, please contact Christina Carr at [email protected].