Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (/ ˈ b ɛ t oʊ oʊ ˈ r ɔːr k /; born September 26, 1972) is an American politician who represented Texas's 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019.
Beto O'Rourke. March 17 at 1:22 PM ·. To address the underlying causes for the current level of immigration & asylum requests at our border AND ensure that we have a fair, predictable and lawful system to process immigration applications and maintain the integrity of our border with Mexico, we must rewrite our immigration laws to reflect the ...
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Beto O'Rourke is a former Texas congressman who represented the state's 16th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. In 2018, O'Rourke ran for a U.S. Senate seat against incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Although he lost by a narrow margin, O'Rourke made Texas history by earning the most votes ever won by a Democrat. O'Rourke went on to announce his 2020 presidential run in March 2019, but he dropped out that November due to an inability to increase his support amid a crowded field of candidates.
Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke was born on September 26, 1972, in El Paso, Texas. A fourth-generation Irish American, O'Rourke is the oldest child of Pat and Melissa O'Rourke and has two younger sisters, Charlotte and Erin. Pat was a successful businessman, building his fortune in real estate and manufacturing enterprises, and also served as a local Democratic politician, serving on municipal boards, commissions and as a county judge. An avid cyclist, Pat died on July 3, 2001, at age 58 when a car struck him as he was cycling just outside of El Paso. O'Rourke attended a private school in Virginia before attending Columbia University, where he majored in English Literature. Identifying as binational, O'Rourke is fluent in Spanish. During college, he was in a punk rock band called Foss and toured all over North America during the summers. After graduation, he stayed in New York City for a brief time, taking on miscellaneous jobs, including working at an art moving company and being a...
After returning to El Paso, O'Rourke won a seat in the city council. In 2012, he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for Texas' 16th district. While serving out multiple terms, he was a member of both the Veterans' Affairs and Armed Services Committees. In 2018, O'Rourke decided to give up his House seat and challenge incumbent Ted Cruzin the Senate. His impressive campaign shot him into the national spotlight, and even though it didn't result in a win, it still broke records for being the closest a Democrat has ever come to winning in the seat in the red state of Texas.
Having received so much attention from his narrow defeat in Texas, O'Rourke decided to run for president in the 2020 election. In April 2019 he appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair with his quote that he was "born to be in it." He later commented on The Viewthat he regretted his choice of words, saying that it "reinforces that perception of privilege." However, O'Rourke clarified that he was "attempting to say that I felt that my calling was in public service," adding "No one is born to be president of the United States of America, least of all me."
On November 1, 2019, O'Rourke ended his campaign for the presidency. “My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country,” he said in a statement. Although O'Rourke had a surge of energy and popularity at the polls at the start of his presidential campaign, within weeks of his announcement, his numbers began to fall. Added to his less-than-memorable appearances at the debates and unspecific policy proposals, O'Rourke polled at just 2 percent in national polls by the time he suspended his campaign. He later threw his support behind Joe Biden, with the former VP telling an audience in Dallas that O'Rourke would lead the effort to "take care of the gun problem."
Beto has been married to his wife Amy (née Sanders) since 2005. Like O'Rourke, Amy is a native Texan and comes from a wealthy family — her father is a billionaire real estate investor who also helped finance her husband's failed Senate run against Republican incumbent Cruz. Shortly after graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts, Amy met O'Rourke in El Paso. After building a successful career in the teaching profession, Amy took over and ran her husband's software startup, Stanton Street, from 2013 to 2017. The couple has three children: Henry, Molly and Ulysses.
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Apr 20, 2021 · A private Facebook group named “Beto O'Rourke For Governor of Texas” was created in mid-February and it has more than 39,000 members. “Texas is asking Beto O'Rourke to run for Governor of Texas!
Feb 24, 2021 · Texas disaster puts Beto O’Rourke back in business. The onetime Democratic sensation has new political life — and, perhaps, hope for the governorship. Former congressman and onetime Democratic ...
Sep 12, 2019 · Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke reiterated his support for a mandatory gun-buyback program of assault-style rifles on Thursday and said, "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47."
1 day ago · Beto O’Rourke greets U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee with a hug before handing her the microphone during a rally sponsored by Powered By People at Finnigan Park in Houston’s Fifth Ward on Sunday ...
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