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Beto O’ Rourke trivia: 90 unknown facts about the American politician!

Beto O’ Rourke recently announced that he is running for President of the USA in the 2020 elections!

So now is the perfect time to get to know him a little bit better! Let’s dive into his life and career.

  1. His full name is Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke
  2. He was born on September 26, 1972
  3. He is an American businessman and politician
  4. He represented Texas’s 16th congressional district for three terms in the United States House of Representatives
  5. A native of El Paso, Texas, Beto O’ Rourke served on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011
  6. Beto O’ Rourke was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012
  7. After defeating incumbent Silvestre Reyes in a Democratic primary
  8. Beto O’ Rourke declined to seek re- election to the House in 2018
  9. And instead ran for U.S. Senate
  10. As the 2018 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, O’ Rourke was narrowly defeated by Republican incumbent Senator Ted Cruz
  11. On March 13, 2019, he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020
  12. Robert Francis Beto O’ Rourke was born on September 26, 1972, at Hotel Dieu Hospital in El Paso, Texas
  13. His parents are Pat Francis O’Rourke and his second wife Melissa Martha O’Rourke
  14. He has Irish and Welsh ancestry
  15. His family gave him the nickname in infancy “Beto”
  16. A common Spanish nickname for first names ending in “-berto”
  17. It was given to him initially to distinguish him from his namesake grandfather
  18. His mother owned a furniture store
  19. She is the stepdaughter of Fred Korth, Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy
  20. His father, Pat O’Rourke, served in El Paso as County Commissioner and County Judge
  21. Pat O’Rourke was an associate of Texas Governor Mark White
  22. And he served as the state chairman of Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns
  23. Before switching parties in the early 1990s
  24. And running several unsuccessful bids for office as a Republican
  25. He was raised in the Kern Place neighborhood
  26. Beto O’ Rourke began his education at Escuela Montessori Del Valle preschool
  27. He continued to Rivera Elementary School and Mesita Elementary School
  28. In 1988, after two years at El Paso High School, he enrolled in Woodberry Forest School
  29. Which was an all-male boarding school in Madison County, Virginia
  30. Between graduating from high school and starting college in 1991, he was a summer congressional intern in the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Congressman Ron Coleman
  31. Beto O’ Rourke attended Columbia University
  32. There in his junior year he co-captained Columbia’s heavyweight rowing crew
  33. He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature
  34. He is fluent in Spanish
  35. On May 19, 1995, Beto O’Rourke and his friends sneaked under the fence at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) physical plant
  36. They were arrested by the UTEP police for burglary
  37. He stayed in jail overnight and posted bail the following day
  38. He was initially charged with burglary
  39. But UTEP decided not to press charges
  40. Prosecutors dropped the charges against Beto O’ Rourke and his friends in February 1996
  41. Beto O’ Rourke was arrested for driving while intoxicated after a car crash on September 27, 1998, at 3:00 AM on Interstate 10 in Anthony, Texas
  42. The charges were dismissed in October 1999 after he completed a court-recommended DWI program
  43. Beto O’ Rourke became a fan of punk music
  44. Beto O’ Rourke, along with two friends from El Paso, Mike Stevens and Arlo Klahr, learned to play musical instruments
  45. With O’ Rourke taking up the bass
  46. In 1991, while at Columbia University, the trio recruited drummer Cedric Bixler-Zavala
  47. Together they formed the band Foss
  48. During the summer, they toured the United States and Canada
  49. Garnering the support of Feist
  50. The group released a self-titled demo
  51. And a 7″ record, “The El Paso Pussycats”, on Western Breed Records in 1993
  52. Beto O’ Rourke also played drums in the band Swedes
  53. They released an album called Summer in 1995
  54. Fellow bandmates included Jake Barowsky, Arlo Klahr, Julie Napolin, and Mike Stevens
  55. After graduation, Beto O’ Rourke worked as a live-in caretaker and art mover before working for an Internet service provider
  56. He later took a position at H. W. Wilson Company as a proofreader
  57. He wrote short stories and songs in his free time
  58. Beto O’ Rourke returned to El Paso in 1998
  59. The following year, he co-founded Stanton Street Technology Group
  60. An Internet services and software company
  61. As of March 2017, his wife Amy operates the business
  62. For a few years, the company also published an online (and briefly print) newspaper
  63. It was also called Stanton Street
  64. Beto O’ Rourke modeled it on alternative periodicals like The Village Voice and New York Press
  65. Beto O’ Rourke was involved with El Paso civic organizations and nonprofit groups
  66. Such as the Rotary Club, United Way, and Center Against Sexual and Family Violence
  67. He was a member of the boards of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  68. And the Institute for Policy and Economic Development at UTEP
  69. In 2012, O’Rourke filed for the Democratic primary against the eight-term Silvestre Reyes to represent Texas’s 16th congressional district
  70. He defeated his Republican opponent, Barbara Carrasco, in the general election with 65 percent of the vote
  71. On March 31, 2017, Beto O’ Rourke formally announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat held by incumbent Republican Ted Cruz
  72. In March 2018, O’ Rourke became the Democratic Party nominee
  73. By winning 61.8 percent of the primary vote
  74. In late 2018, speculation began that O’ Rourke might run in the United States presidential election in 2020
  75. On March 13, El Paso TV station KTSM reported that O’ Rourke had decided to run for the 2020 presidency
  76. Beto O’ Rourke married Amy Hoover Sanders
  77. She is the daughter of Louann and Bill Sanders
  78. They were married at her parents’ ranch in Lamy, New Mexico, on September 24, 2005
  79. Bill Sanders is a real estate developer
  80. Louann Sanders is the director of education development for the La Fe Community Development Corporation
  81. And the executive director of the La Fe Preparatory charter school
  82. The couple and their three children live in El Paso’s Sunset Heights area in a Henry Trost-designed mission-style house
  83. There General Hugh Scott and Pancho Villa reportedly met in 1915
  84. On July 3, 2001, Beto O’ Rourke’s father was riding his bicycle along the shoulder of Pete Domenici Highway just across the New Mexico state line when he was struck from behind by a vehicle
  85. He was pronounced dead at the scene
  86. Beto O’ Rourke delivered the eulogy during the funeral service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  87. Political analysts classify O’ Rourke as a progressive, liberal, or centrist
  88. GovTrack placed O’ Rourke near the ideological center of the Democratic Party
  89. The American Civil Liberties Union gave him an 88 percent rating
  90. While the United States Chamber of Commerce, a more conservative group, gave him a 47 percent rating


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