Robert Francis O’Rourke was born on September 26, 1972 (47) in El Paso, Texas. He is graduated from Woodberry Forest School and Columbia University. While he was at Columbia University, in his Junior year, he co-captained Columbia’s heavyweight rowing crew, and he also began a short music career as bass guitarist in a punk rock band named Foss with which he turned all over North America during the summers.
Beto was introduced to punk rock when he was 14 or 15 years old and because of this, he felt totally in love with it as every teen in the 1980s. This ambiance was quite small in El Paso and helped the young boy to find a sense of community in the city. In adolescent years he was also a member of the computer hacker group “Cult of the Dead Cow” wherewith his influence, were included female members, making it one of the only groups to contain female members at that time.
Beto O’Rourke Education Details
He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. After this Beto moved to New York and work for a short time as a live-in caretaker and art mover before start to work for an Internet service provider with his uncle. At last, he took a position at H.W. Wilson Company as a proofreader and also wrote a few stories during his free time.
Beto O’Rourke Parents
Beto, was born to Pat Francis O’Rourke and Melissa Martha O’Rourke. He descends from the Irish colonists and he belongs to their fourth generation. Beto, as his parents call him from he was young to distinguish him from his grandfather, has two sisters, Charlotte and Erin.
Beto O’Rourke Career Details
After these experiences, he returned to El Paso in 1998 where he created a company called Stanton Technology Group, an Internet service and software industry, in 2000. It was in these years that he started his political career. When he was a child he was introverted but becoming an adult he volunteered for the campaign of many politicians. He was inspired by Ray Caballero, who promoted the idea that the city of El Paso was magic. Here he decided to apply for the office. O’Rourke was part of civic organizations and nonprofit groups.
In 2005 he was elected to the El Paso council and then in 2012 he won a seat in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. While he was attending his role Beto was a member of both the Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services Committees. In 2018, he was famous for having run for the United States Senate, losing against the Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. Even this he brokes the records for being the closest Democrat has ever come in Texas. In March 2019, Beto announced his campaign for President of the United States in the 2020 United States Presidential election. But before the elections, he suspended his campaign because polled at just 2 percent in national polls. He started with a great popularity but after his numbers became to fall. He proposed many initiatives:
- Gun control: bunning the future for sale of the AR-15;
- Healthcare: his initiative was called “Medicare for America”;
- Climate change: among the various proposal he wanted to allocate $5 trillion investment to transform US infrastructure and help boost technological innovation;
- Taxes: O’Rourke voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017;
- Immigration: tearing down the existing walls in the El Paso area;
- Abortion: He supported access to abortion.
He was focused a lot on gun control because of the shooting in El Paso in August 2019. That’s why in March 2020, O’Rourke approved Joe Biden at a rally in Dallas, Texas, who wanted to take care of gun problems.
Beto O’Rourke Wife, Kids
On July 3, 2001, Beto’s father, who he followed during is childhood in politicians’ events, died while riding his bicycle. Beto O’Rourke married Amy Hoover Sanders at her parents’ ranch in New Mexico, near the city of Santa Fe. Beto and Amy have three children: Ulysses, Molly, and Henry, and they live all together in El Paso’s Sunset Heights in the Henry Trost-designed house.
Beto O’Rourke Net Worth
With his politician’s job and also with the other businesses he had an approximate net worth of 10 million dollars.
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