|Beto O’Rourke Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||September 26, 1972|
|Spouse||Amy Hoover Sanders|
Beto O’Rourke is an American politician who has been considered by many political analysts as one of the brightest emerging Democratic leaders. His close connect with Hispanics in Texas has helped him win multiple elections. Some insiders believe that this connection would help him become a big political star on the national level. However, his political rise hasn’t been devoid of controversies. The drink driving incident of September 1998 has especially become a thorny issue for him as his opponents have used it to raise questions about his personality. Republican Ted Cruz claimed that the fact that he was trying to flee from the incident pointed to a flaw in his principles.
Robert Francis O’Rourke
El Paso, Texas, United States
He lives with his family in a mission-style house in the Sunset Heights area of El Paso. His house has a bit of history attached to it as General Hugh Scott and Pancho Villa had met there in 1915.
Beto O’Rourke has studied at the Carlos Rivera and Mesita Elementary School. He later studied at the El Paso High School for a year before shifting to the Woodberry Forest School.
After graduating from high school, he got enrolled at Columbia University and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature.
Politician, Businessman, Musician
- Father – Pat Francis O’Rourke (Former County Commissioner and County Judge)
- Mother – Melissa Martha O’Rourke (Owner of a high-end furniture store)
- Siblings – Charlotte O’Rourke (Sister)
- Others – John Francis O’Rourke (Paternal Grandfather), Mildred Rowena Jasper (Paternal Grandmother), Robert Lee Williams, Jr. (Maternal Grandfather), Charlotte Marguer Brooks (Maternal Grandmother)
Western Breed Records
6 ft 4 in or 193 cm
88 kg or 194 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Beto O’Rourke has dated –
- Amy Hoover Sanders (2005-Present) – In September 2005, he got married to Amy Hoover Sanders in an intimate wedding ceremony held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Over the course of their marriage, she has given birth to 3 children named Ulysses, Molly, and Henry.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Irish, Welsh, English, Scottish, German, and distant Swiss-German ancestry.
Due to his advancing age, his hair has turned ‘Gray’.
He is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Best Known For
Being the next big star in the Democratic party. His suave and intelligent persona has often attracted comparison with the former US President Barack Obama. Some insiders in the democratic party believe that O’Rourke can become a legitimate candidate for the US Presidential seat.
As a Musician
As a member of the band Foss, he released a 7″ record titled The El Paso Pussycats in 1993.
First TV Show
In March 2017, Beto O’Rourke made his first TV show appearance on the talk show, Fox and Friends.
Beto O’Rourke regularly works out in the gym to keep himself in top shape. After a short warmup, he jumps on the treadmill for his low-intensity jogging session. He follows the jogging session with some strength training exercises such as bicep curls and then heads to the Cross-Trainer for some more cardio work.
Beto O’Rourke Facts
- His family initially started calling him Beto to distinguish him from his grandfather with whom he shared his name.
- His father passed away in July 2001 at the age of 58 after his bicycle was hit by a car from behind.
- During his junior year at Columbia University, he served as a co-captain of the university’s heavyweight rowing crew.
- In 1995, he was arrested on burglary charges by University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) police after he had jumped the fence of the university property. However, the UTEP police later declined to press charges.
- In September 1998, he was arrested by the authorities in Anthony, Texas after he was found driving while intoxicated. After he completed the court-recommended DWI program, the charges against him were dropped. It later emerged that he had lost control of his car and had hit a truck. He had also tried to flee from the scene but was stopped from doing so. During his campaign to get elected to the US Senate, he initially denied fleeing from the scene but later apologized.
- As a teenager, he aspired to pursue a career in the music industry. In his freshman year at Columbia University, he even formed a punk band called Foss, which focused on punk music.
- Just after graduating from college, he started working as a live-in nanny for a family in Manhattan. He also worked as an art mover at Hedley’s Humpers.
- While living in New York City, he got interested in the publishing industry and started working as a proofreader at H. W. Wilson Company in the Bronx. During this phase, he wrote music and short stories in his free time.
- After returning to El Paso, he became the co-founder of an internet services and software company called Stanton Street Technology. The company is run by his wife and focuses on developing websites and software.
- He was inspired to enter politics by the successful mayoral run of Ray Caballero, who had asserted in his campaign that El Paso was great and the city should expect greatness out of itself. After Caballero failed to get re-elected, O’Rourke decided to enter public service.
- He had initially decided to run for the post of county judge but was persuaded by his friends to run for the city council. He decided to make border reform and downtown development his platform for the election.
- In 2005, he defeated two-term incumbent City Councilman Anthony Cobos by the margin of 14% to win the election. He was re-elected in 2007 as he managed to defeat Trini Acevedo by the margin of 40%.
- In 2012, he came up against the 8-term Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primaries to represent Texas’s 16th congressional district. According to reports, he knocked on 16,000 doors for his campaign and contrasted his stand against Reyes with his LGBT rights support and drug liberalization plans.
- In the general election against Republican challenger Barbara Carrasco, he managed to win the election by winning 65% votes.
- In November 2014, he was one of the few Democratic congressmen to criticize Obama’s decision to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation via an executive order. O’Rourke praised Obama’s motives but criticized his decision to bypass Congress.
- Visit his official website @ betofortexas.com.
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