About Robert Gallegos
Council Member Robert Gallegos, a native Houstonian and lifelong resident of District I, was elected to the Houston City Council in 2013. District I encompasses downtown, EaDo, Clinton Park, parts of northeast Houston, portions of the greater East End and the Houston Ship Channel, as well as the many neighborhoods along I-45 south from downtown to Hobby Airport.
Before being elected, Robert spent over 30 years volunteering and working in the community he now represents on the city council. He was the founder and first president of the Eastwood/Lawndale Super Neighborhood Council, and served as president of his neighborhood association, Houston Country Club Place Civic Club, for over 15 years.
As council member, Robert is a champion for working families, seniors, citizens with disabilities, and for issues of importance to immigrant communities. He is an advocate for green spaces and has committed funds to improve neighborhood parks, sports fields, and build new dog parks, hike/bike trails and canoe launches. In 2015, he helped secure long-term partnerships and funding to restore historic Gus Wortham Park Golf Course, and create Houston’s first Botanic Garden in District I.
Robert’s lifelong commitment to quality of life issues is demonstrated not only by his support for green spaces, but also by his focus on developing solutions to address neighborhood nuisances and public safety issues. He has worked on a multi-approach solution to reduce the number of stray dogs, launched a pilot program to collect abandoned shopping carts from public spaces; provided funding to cut down overgrown lots, install traffic calming devices in neighborhoods, and deploy surveillance cameras to crack down on illegal dumping.
He has worked with local artist groups to commission the painting of over a dozen neighborhood-specific mini murals, as well as two large murals at the Harrisburg overpass and Peavy Street, that showcase the community’s rich history.
Noting his passion for neighborhood issues, Mayor Turner appointed Robert to Chair the City Council Committee on Regulation & Neighborhood Affairs which focuses on matters that promote strong, vibrant neighborhoods, and encourage the positive development of communities.