Family members on Tuesday sat at Gallegos' desk on the Senate floor while colleagues took turns recalling his work as an advocate for education and civil rights. Gallegos died in October from complications related to liver disease.
Democratic Sen. Leticia Van de Putte said Gallegos never cared about "ruffling feathers" to do what's right.
Gallegos ran for re-election last year, and his death came too late to replace him on the ballot. A Jan. 26 special election in Senate District 6 will decide who fills his seat.
Gallegos got his start in the House, which also passed a resolution honoring him Tuesday.
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