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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A campaign official says state Sen. Mario Gallegos Jr. is hospitalized in grave condition in Houston.

Campaign consultant Harold Cook says Gallegos is surrounded by his family, who asked for privacy.

A Democrat, Gallegos has represented Houston s Senate District 6 since 1995. Before that he served two terms in the Texas House.

The retired firefighter earned a reputation for toughness in 2007 when he showed up for a critical vote just a few weeks after undergoing a liver transplant. He set up a hospital bed outside the Senate chamber to make sure he could block a bill that would have required a photo ID to vote. The Senate passed the bill four years later.

Gallegos ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, but faces Republican R.W. Bray in the November election.

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