Veteran Congressman Dean Gallo Dead at 58
DENVILLE, N.J. (AP) _ Rep. Dean A. Gallo, an environmentalist and fiscal conservative during five terms in Congress, died Sunday at age 58.
Gallo died at St. Clares-Riverside Hospital, where he was being treated for prostate cancer, nursing supervisor Susan Decker said. She would not specify the cause of death.
Gallo, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992, announced in August that he would not seek a sixth term. A spokesman said at the time that Gallo had suffered a relapse requiring aggressive treatment.
Gallo, a Republican, pushed a successful bill after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill that requires tankers to have two hulls. He was also influential in pushing through a ban on sludge dumping in the ocean.
″He will be missed by his friends very much,″ said Rep. James Saxton, R- N.J., who was elected to Congress with Gallo. ″He was highly respected for the wonderful job he did in representing his district. It will be a loss to me personally.″
Representing the 11th District, one of the wealthiest in the country, Gallo sat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
He was president of Gallo and DeCroce, a Parsippany real estate firm.
Gallo was first elected to the state’s General Assembly in 1975 and won re- election four times. He became minority leader in 1982 and held that post until he resigned in 1984 to run for Congress.
Gallo won the 1984 election by unseating Democratic incumbent Joseph Minish.
He married Betty Schmidt in September. He had two children from an earlier marriage, Susan and Robert.