Last night, Houstonians, friends and family joined state and local leaders in remembering Gallegos. He was known as a 'warrior' for education.
Those who knew him, both politically or personally, shared stories of the man who gained a reputation as a fighter. Gallegos served at the Houston fire department for 22 years before becoming the first Mexican-American State Senator from Harris County.
Gallegos died Tuesday after complications from a liver transplant five years ago.
"He will never be known for passing a ton of major legislation," said friend Harold Cook. "What he will be well known for is never running from the fight."
This morning's funeral mass begins at 9:30am at the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral.