Arizona congressman, Phoenix vice mayor announce divorce on social media

Dec 21, 2016, 4:48 PM | Updated: 5:41 pm
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego (Facebook Photos)

PHOENIX — Two prominent Arizona politicians took to Facebook on Wednesday to announce they plan to divorce.

U.S. Rep Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego said they had begun proceedings to bring their marriage to an end.

“It is painful when any marriage ends, and it is not something that I ever wanted or expected,” Kate Gallego said in a Facebook post.

Both Gallegos said, despite their careers in public office, they wish to keep the circumstances of the split private. The couple is expecting their first child soon.

“I will focus every ounce of energy I have preparing for the birth of our son in January and being the best possible mother I can for him,” Kate Gallegos’ post read. “Thank you for respecting our request for privacy.”

Ruben Gallego shared his wife’s post and added two sentences.

“I’m sad to announce that my marriage is ending. Kate and I hope to keep this a private matter and appreciate your respect for our privacy,” his post read in full.

The couple wed in 2010.

The Gallegos rose up the ranks politically in the past few years. Ruben Gallego, a former state representative, was elected to Congress in 2014. Kate Gallego was elected to Phoenix City Council in 2013.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona congressman, Phoenix vice mayor announce divorce on social media