Beto O'Rourke is a former three-term US Representative for the 16th Congressional District of Texas. He announced his run for President on March 14, 2019. (For debate info, visit our home page.)
Birthdate: September 26, 1972
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas
Birth name: Robert Francis O'Rourke
Father: Patrick O'Rourke, served as county commissioner and as an El Paso county judge
Mother: Melissa O'Rourke, furniture store owner
Marriage: Amy (Hoover Sanders) O'Rourke (September 24, 2005-present)
Children: Henry, Molly and Ulysses
Education: Columbia University, B.A., 1995
Religion: Roman Catholic
Campaign website: https://betoorourke.com/
- In 1999, at age 26, O'Rourke co-founded Stanton Street Technology Group, an El Paso-based web design company.
- In 2005, he was elected to the El Paso City Council; he served on the Council until 2011.
- O'Rourke was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and reelected in 2014 and 2016.
- In 2018, O'Rourke ran for the US Senate against incumbent Ted Cruz, but was defeated 50.9% to 48.3%.
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