Elton W. Gallegly (born March 7 1944), an American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1987, currently representing the 24th District of California (map).
Born in Huntington Park, California on March 7 1944, Gallegly graduated from high school and later from California State University, Los Angeles. He worked as a real estate broker before entering politics. Gallegly is a former member of the Simi Valley, California City Council. He became Simi Valley's first elected mayor in 1982, a position that he held before the House. Gallegly is married to the former Janice Shrader, and has four children.
Gallegly is a member of the Resources Committee, the Internationalrelations Committee, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As a congressman, he often touts his 98% attendance record in the legislature. He has gained a reputation as a hawkish Republican and has made illegal immigration one of his top issues.
Rep. Gallegly is the only representative from California who has formally argued against legislation that would prevent the federal government from impeding the implementation of state medical marijuana laws, despite California's vote to decriminalize marijuana for medical use in 1996.
Rep. Gallegly is opposed to leasing low-pollution, fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Toyota Prius because that car is not made in America. He currently leases a taxpayer-funded Ford Expedition. But a little-noticed amendment to last year's energy bill requires House members who lease vehicles through their office budgets to drive cars that emit low levels of greenhouse gases.
The following week, after learning that he could not have his name removed from the ballot and that no new challengers would be allowed to enter the race, Gallegly changed his mind and decided to seek what he said would be his final term.
In late April, 2007, however, Gallegly announced his intention to seek yet another term in 2008.