Full Name: Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke
Birthdate: September 26, 1972
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Known for: 2018 campaign for United States Senate
Family: Pat Francis O’Rourke (Father), Melissa Martha O’Rourke (Mother), Amy Hoover Sanders (Spouse), William Sanders (Father-in-law)
Beto O’Rourke is a Texan politician. He is a former congressman in the United States House of Representatives where he represented Texas’s 16th congressional district. He also unsuccessfully vied for the United States Senate, where he lost to Ted Cruz. Beto O’Rourke recently failed in his bid to secure the 2020 Democratic nomination for the United States President.
Beto O’Rourke is a Texan by birth as he was born in El Paso, Texas. He was nicknamed ‘Beto’ to differentiate his name from his grandfather’s, who incidentally bears the same name. His father was a highly respected figure in El Paso as he served as the county commissioner and judge. Beto O’Rourke’s father was also a close confidant to the then Governor of Texas, Mark White.
Venture into Computer Hacking
Beto O’Rourke was also a fan of punk rock and frequently visited punk concerts. He joined the cDc or Cult of the Dead Cow and operated under the alias’ psychedelic warlord’. The hacktivist collective also had prominent members like Christien Rioux, Oxblood Ruffin, Patrick K. Kroupa and Peiter Zatko.
Beto O’Rourke has a degree in English literature from Columbia University. He worked as an intern in Congressman Ron Coleman’s office in 1991. He completed his high school education at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He is fluent in Spanish.
Brief Music Stint
During his university days, Beto O’Rourke ventured into music-making for a short time. He was a band member in the group Swipe. He learnt how to play the bass guitar before forming the rock band Foss. The band released their first record entitled The El Paso Pussycat.
Beto O’Rourke was also a band member of Swedes and Fragile Gang.
Shortly after he graduated from Columbia University, Beto O’Rourke worked for his uncle’s internet firm. He had initially done various gigs as a professional art mover and caretaker. When he learnt of a vacant proofreader position at a publishing company, H. W. Wilson Company, he took up the position.
Beto O’Rourke was appalled by the few opportunities available in the industry, and he began to crave self-employment. Together with a friend, he launched his software enterprise, Stanton Street Technology, with support from his father. The company, in addition to providing internet services, established an e-periodical titled Stanton Street.
Inspired by his father and intellectual consumption of conscious political magazines, Beto O’Rourke began to set his eyes on politics. Over the years, he built experience through volunteering for political campaigns. He joined the campaign team of the likes of José Rodríguez, Ray Caballero and Eliot Shapleig.
In the year 2005, Beto O’Rourke established his candidacy for the El Paso City Council. His campaign revolved around the idea of border reform and development. He received overwhelming support as he won the election by defeating Anthony Cobos, an incumbent city council member. He became one of the youngest city council members. He convincingly defeated his opponent, Trini Acevedo during the second term electioneering period.
Beto O’Rourke, in 2012, vyed for the Democratic party nomination for Texas’s 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives elections in a tightly contested election where he defeated the incumbent, Silvestre Reyes, with less than two hundred votes. He won the general election with more than 60% of the total votes.
He had an inclusive policy as a congressman as he frequently schedules a town hall meeting to report to his electorate monthly. He is known for co-sponsoring the BEOAOCE act ( Border Enforcement Accountability, Oversight, and Community Engagement Act), together with Steve Pearce, a Republican congressman. He also jointly introduced the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act.
In 2014, he won the re-election convincingly with close to 70% of the votes. He voiced his opposition against Obama’s policy that would have saved more than a million undocumented immigrants from being deported.
Beto O’Rourke threw his weight behind Hilary Clinton during her election campaign to be president of the United States. He began campaigning for re-election for a third term, which he won. He relinquished his congressional seat, setting his sights on the Senate House of Representatives in 2018.
His entrance into the Texas Senate election race of 2018 was not received well as political pundits lowered his chances of winning. In 2018, Beto O’Rourke was nominated as the Democratic Party candidate for the Texas Senate seat, which has not been won by a Democrat for decades. His campaign garnered national spotlight as he utilised social media, text messages and digital advertisement as his means of political campaigning. He was endorsed by the End Citizens United and the Texan newspaper, Houston Chronicle.
Ted Cruz defeated Beto O’Rourke in the 2018 Texas Senate election. Though he lost the election, his votes were the highest a Democrat has ever got in the history of Texas politics.
In 2020, Beto O’Rourke ran in the 2020 Democratic nomination presidential primary but lost to Joe Biden.
Beto O’Rourke’s Personal life
Beto O’Rourke is a Christian and a member of the Roman Catholic church. His wife, Amy Hoover Sanders, is the daughter of real estate magnate, Bill Sanders. According to business magazine, Forbes, Beto O’Rourke is worth more than 6 million dollars.