For Ruben Gallego, a ride on Air Force One and a presidential aside

Representative Ruben Gallego
Representative Ruben Gallego

By Ashley Parker | The New York Times

For Representative Ruben Gallego, a freshman Democrat from Arizona, joining the 114th Congress started with a heady ride.

Just two days after being sworn in, he flew on Air Force One with President Obama. Mr. Gallego, who grew up poor in Chicago, told the president that he had lived in the Illinois congressional district where Mr. Obama lost to Representative Bobby L. Rush in a Democratic primary in 2000 — and that he had voted for Mr. Obama.

“And he had a funny joke,” Mr. Gallego said of the president. “He was like, ‘Oh. You’re the one.’ ”

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