Beto O'Rourke Biography

[Editor's Note: On Friday, Nov. 2, 2019, Beto O'Rourke suspended his campaign for president. In a statement published on, titled "Thank You.," O'Rourke stated, "Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully. My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country."]

Beto O'Rourke
Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former US Representative (D-TX)

Full Name: Robert Francis O'Rourke
Birthdate: Sep. 26, 1972
Birthplace: El Paso, TX
Marital Status: Married to Amy Hoover Sanders
Children: Three (Ulysses, Molly, and Henry)
Religion: Roman Catholic

  • Cofounder, Stanton Street Technology, 2000-present
  • US Representative (D-TX), Jan. 3, 2013-Jan. 3, 2019
  • Mayor pro tempore, El Paso, TX, June 14, 2005-June 20, 2006
  • Member, El Paso, TX, City Council, June 1, 2005-June 27, 2011
  • Former live-in caretaker, art mover, and proofreader

  • BA, English, Columbia University, 1995

  • Cowritten with Susie Byrd, Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the US and Mexico, 2011

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