Beto O’Rourke is a life-long El Pasoan, who attended Carlos Rivera and Mesita elementary schools, and El Paso High School before graduating from Columbia University in 1995. He lives in Sunset Heights with his wife, Amy Sanders, and three children.
Beto grew up in a family that was deeply involved in business and civic life in El Paso. His mother Melissa O’Rourke worked for, and now owns, Charlottes Furniture, a business started by his grandmother in 1950. His father Pat O’Rourke was El Paso County Commissioner and then County Judge in the 1980s.
Beto returned to El Paso from New York City to contribute to the community he loves. Along with a few friends, Beto started Stanton Street Technology in 1999. The successful internet services and software company has employed dozens of El Pasoans in high skill, high wage technology jobs over the last 12 years.
Beto is committed to public service. He served on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011. In that time, he played a key role in important initiatives that are re-shaping the economy and outlook for El Paso. Focusing on high paying jobs by investing in the Medical Center of Americas increased El Paso’s per capita income. Investing in infrastructure and transportation to complement the growth at Fort Bliss increased employment in the region. Working with the private sector to revitalize Downtown El Paso spurred excitement about El Paso’s future as a leading city in the Southwest. Rebuilding our transit system and investing in parks, neighborhoods, open space and fun things to do in El Paso has reversed the trend of young educated El Pasoans leaving the city.
In 2012, Beto took on a 16-year incumbent in an historic race for Congress. He won and now serves as the U.S. Representative for the 16th District of Texas. During his campaign, Beto knocked on 20,000 doors asking for support. Through his grassroots campaign, he heard from El Pasoans that their priorities are improving the economy and improving the health care system for El Paso veterans. He immediately began work on those priorities.
As a member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Beto is working to improve the health care and benefits system for our nation’s veterans. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, Beto is working to reduce wait times at ports of entry and to make the ports more modern and efficient. El Paso’s economy depends on Mexican shoppers who come to El Paso to spend money in our stores and restaurants and on the $70 billion of dollars of trade that sit idle at the bridges.
Beto has also delivered on his promise to be accessible and accountable to his constituents. He regularly hosts town hall meetings, and he has a constituent services team committed to working with constituents to solve problems.
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Utah’s 4th Congressional District
"Full disclosure of the source of any donation in play during an election should be the rule. I also support reasonable limits on campaign donations. I helped write an amicus brief in support of the constitutionality of McCain-Feingold [Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act]." - Doug Owens