Michael Galloway (politician) - Biography

Biography

Michael Galloway is a fifth generation Texan who was born in 1965 and grew up on a small farm near Tomball. By age 16, Mike was working as a roustabout and a roughneck in the oil fields of Southeast Texas. While still in high school, he began work as an independent oil and gas contractor, and in 1989, at the age of 24, he founded Galloway Energy, an oil and gas production company based in Montgomery County.

In 1992, at the age of 27, Michael decided to run against the 30-year incumbent Democrat, Senator Carl Parker. Although unsuccessful in his first race, his grass-roots efforts gained him the momentum that would lead him to victory against Parker in 1994. At the age of 29, Michael Galloway became the youngest member of Texas Senate and the first Republican to represent District 4 since 1876.

As State Senator, Mike served as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Intergovernmental Relations and as a member of the Senate Committees on Health & Human Services, Education, and State Affairs, as well as the Special Committee on Auto Emissions and the Special Interim Committee on Annexation.

Representing Senate District 4, Senator Galloway fought the EPA and TNRCC to remove Southeast Texas from the onerous auto emissions testing program. He also took on the “Status Quo” to successfully reform Lamar University.

Michael Galloway has been an effective conservative leader for Texas. During his term in office, Galloway helped pass the most comprehensive tort reform in the nation, the most meaningful education reform in half a century, and reform of the welfare system. In 1997, Galloway passed SB 1748, requiring voter identification at polling places. Senator Galloway was also instrumental in defeating an effort to expand the business tax and was a key player in returning a billion dollars in surplus to Texas taxpayers.

Senator Galloway also fought the city of Houston on the issue of forced annexation, passing the only bill in history through the Texas Senate that would prevent forced annexation. Although the bill was blocked in the house, Galloway was able to persuade Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock to appoint a Special Interim Committee on Annexation. Mike brought the first meeting to the Fourth District so the members of that committee could hear the concerns of citizens firsthand. As a result, the committee passed the greatest reforms curbing forced annexation since 1963. For Senator Galloway’s effort, The Annexation Reform Committee honored him as their “Legislator of the Year” in 1997.

Senator Galloway was one of only a handful of Senators to have a 100% attendance record and was consistently ranked by the Secretary of the Senate as the lowest spender in the Texas Senate. He was listed on the Young Conservatives of Texas “Honor Roll” and was named “Leader of Excellence” and “Most Conservative” by the Free Market Committee for both legislative sessions in which he served.

Michael and his wife of twenty-six years, Angela, reside in Montgomery County with their two children, ages eighteen and fifteen.

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