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Gallegly Launches Public Service Center in Home District | Life After Congress

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Gallegly’s center is working with the Reagan Library to form a partnership that could include internships, speakers and visiting professors.

Gallegly’s role with the center is developing, but he is loaning his legislative and personal papers for research and is donating his office furniture to the center.

A fundraiser will be held Oct. 3 at the Reagan Library and will include a performance from Frankie Avalon, honoring Gallegly’s public service and kicking off a $4 million fundraising campaign for the center.

The congressman has spent more time with his family and said he does not have plans to run for office again. While he has stayed out of the news, he said it has been a challenge since leaving office.

“I’ve always tried to keep my options open, but the honest answer is I do not have specific plans of running for anything,” Gallegly said. “I still want to stay involved. There’s just so many things when you turn on the news or read the paper  . . .  that I have a passion for.”

He did weigh in on the recent immigration debate, after working most recently as the chairman on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. He said the Senate’s recently passed bill does not address the problem.

“My record on immigration is kind of a rhetorical question,” Gallegly said. “I feel very strongly no matter what problem you’re facing, you need to understand what the problem is instead of coming up with a solution without understanding what the problem is.”

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