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{{tnr}}'''Beto O'Rourke''' (b. September 26, 1972, in El Paso, Texas) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Texas' 16th Congressional District]] of [[Texas]].  He was first elected in 2012.<ref>[http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/clearlake-news/article/field-grows-for-U-S-Rep-Ron-Paul-s-seat-2246986.php ''El Paso Times'', "Beto O'Rourke to challenge Reyes for Congress", September 1, 2011]</ref>  He defeated incumbent [[Silvestre Reyes]], [[Ben Mendoza]] and [[Jerome Tilghman]] in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He went on to defeat [[Barbara Carrasco]] (R) and [[Junart Sodoy]] (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
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{{tnr}}'''Beto O'Rourke''' (b. September 26, 1972, in El Paso, Texas) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Texas' 16th Congressional District]].  He was first elected in 2012.<ref>[http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/clearlake-news/article/field-grows-for-U-S-Rep-Ron-Paul-s-seat-2246986.php ''El Paso Times'', "Beto O'Rourke to challenge Reyes for Congress", September 1, 2011]</ref>  He defeated incumbent [[Silvestre Reyes]], [[Ben Mendoza]] and [[Jerome Tilghman]] in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He went on to defeat [[Barbara Carrasco]] (R) and [[Junart Sodoy]] (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
  
 
O’Rourke is barred from becoming a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, despite representing a congressional district that borders Mexico and is predominantly Hispanic. In July 2013 reports circulated that O’Rourke is ineligible to join the caucus because he lacks Hispanic heritage.<ref>[http://newspapertree.com/articles/2013/09/30/the-congressional-hispanic-caucus-continues-to-exclude-el-paso-congressman-la-frontera-at-the-crossroads-of-identity-and-political-power ''Newspaper Tree,'' "Congressional Hispanic Caucus continues to exclude El Paso congressman," accessed October 2, 2013]</ref>
 
O’Rourke is barred from becoming a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, despite representing a congressional district that borders Mexico and is predominantly Hispanic. In July 2013 reports circulated that O’Rourke is ineligible to join the caucus because he lacks Hispanic heritage.<ref>[http://newspapertree.com/articles/2013/09/30/the-congressional-hispanic-caucus-continues-to-exclude-el-paso-congressman-la-frontera-at-the-crossroads-of-identity-and-political-power ''Newspaper Tree,'' "Congressional Hispanic Caucus continues to exclude El Paso congressman," accessed October 2, 2013]</ref>
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{{Oppose vote}} O'Rourke voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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{{Oppose vote}} O'Rourke voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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O'Rourke's opponent, incumbent [[Silvestre Reyes]] was targeted by the [[Super PAC]] [[Campaign for Primary Accountability]] in the 16th district Democratic primary. The PAC targeted Reyes, because he served for a long time, his constituents were dissatisfied and there was a capable challenger.<ref>[http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/04/houston-based-super-pac-targeting-more-texas-incumbents/ ''Houston Chronicle blog'' "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012]</ref>
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O'Rourke's opponent, incumbent [[Silvestre Reyes]] was targeted by the [[Super PAC]] [[Campaign for Primary Accountability]] in the 16th District Democratic primary. The PAC targeted Reyes, because he served for a long time, his constituents were dissatisfied and there was a capable challenger.<ref>[http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/04/houston-based-super-pac-targeting-more-texas-incumbents/ ''Houston Chronicle blog'' "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012]</ref>
  
 
A Reyes spokesperson criticized the Campaign for Primary Accountability's implicit support of primary Reyes challenger O'Rourke, pointing out that Republican House Majority Leader [[Eric Cantor]] had contributed to the PAC for its efforts in a Republican primary in Illinois. The ''Huffington Post'' reports that O'Rourke responded by distancing himself from Cantor, saying he is unfamiliar with the House Majority Leader's politics, but that "if he is emblematic about Republican ideology," O'Rourke would rarely agree with Cantor.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/eric-cantor-chaos-campaign-for-primary-accountability_n_1419179.html ''Huffington Post'' "Eric Cantor Chaos: Campaign For Primary Accountability Donation Becomes Texas Democratic Issue," April 11, 2012]</ref>
 
A Reyes spokesperson criticized the Campaign for Primary Accountability's implicit support of primary Reyes challenger O'Rourke, pointing out that Republican House Majority Leader [[Eric Cantor]] had contributed to the PAC for its efforts in a Republican primary in Illinois. The ''Huffington Post'' reports that O'Rourke responded by distancing himself from Cantor, saying he is unfamiliar with the House Majority Leader's politics, but that "if he is emblematic about Republican ideology," O'Rourke would rarely agree with Cantor.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/eric-cantor-chaos-campaign-for-primary-accountability_n_1419179.html ''Huffington Post'' "Eric Cantor Chaos: Campaign For Primary Accountability Donation Becomes Texas Democratic Issue," April 11, 2012]</ref>
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===Net worth===
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', O'Rourke's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-1,546,154 to $14,853,840. That averages to $6,653,843, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00033540&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', O'Rourke's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-1,392,926 and $16,529,998. That averages to '''$7,568,536''', which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. O'Rourke ranked as the 51st most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00033540&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org,'' "Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), 2012"]</ref>
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Beto O'Rourke
Beto O'Rourke.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 16
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorSilvestre Reyes (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$6.10 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$685,661
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
El Paso City Council
2005-2011
Education
Bachelor'sColumbia University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 26, 1972
Place of birthEl Paso, Texas
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$7,568,536
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Beto O'Rourke (b. September 26, 1972, in El Paso, Texas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Texas' 16th Congressional District. He was first elected in 2012.[1] He defeated incumbent Silvestre Reyes, Ben Mendoza and Jerome Tilghman in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He went on to defeat Barbara Carrasco (R) and Junart Sodoy (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

O’Rourke is barred from becoming a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, despite representing a congressional district that borders Mexico and is predominantly Hispanic. In July 2013 reports circulated that O’Rourke is ineligible to join the caucus because he lacks Hispanic heritage.[2]

O’Rourke ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, O'Rourke is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

O'Rourke grew up in El Paso. He graduated from Columbia University in 1995 with a degree in English. After he graduated, he got a job with a Manhattan web technology company. After three years, he returned to El Paso and co-founded Stanton Street Technology, an internet services and software company, in 1999.[3]

Career

  • 2005-2011: El Paso City Council[3]
  • 1999-present: Owner, Stanton Street Technology Group[3]
  • 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

O'Rourke serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Exclusion from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

O’Rourke is barred from becoming a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, despite representing a congressional district that borders Mexico and is predominantly Hispanic. In July 2013 reports circulated that O’Rourke is ineligible to join the caucus because he lacks Hispanic heritage.[5]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to O'Rourke's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[8]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[8][9]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the letter asked.[9]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict,” stated the letter.[9]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. O'Rourke was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[9]

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[9][10] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. O'Rourke was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" O'Rourke voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" O'Rourke voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" O'Rourke voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] O'Rourke voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. O'Rourke voted for HR 2775.[18]

In a statement released October 1, 2013, O'Rourke said, “As long as the shut-down continues, I will not accept my pay. I will be donating my entire pay for the length of the government closure to veterans’ service organizations (VSOs) in El Paso." He added that "In order to continue to serve El Paso, my offices will remain open, but at a reduced capacity. I will continue to use my Facebook page to keep you posted.”[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" O'Rourke voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" O'Rourke voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" O'Rourke voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" O'Rourke voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including O'Rourke, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[25] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[26]

Campaign issues

2012

O'Rourke's campaign website listed the following issues:[27]

  • End Corruption
Excerpt: "The corruption that plagues our community has to stop, but we need reform and new leadership, especially in D.C. where members of Congress use our tax dollars to get re-elected. I will sponsor a bill to set term limits for representatives, so that they focus on getting the job done instead of the special interests that keep them in office."
  • True Democrat
Excerpt: "Instead of focusing on issues that are important to El Pasoans like the economy, jobs and ensuring that our community is well-represented in D.C., the incumbent has chosen to ask if I am a Democrat. Although I put community and country before party and partisan politics, I think my track record shows that I represent the best aspects of the Democratic Party."
  • Congressional Reform
Excerpt: "Each year the same people in Congress make the same self-serving decisions that leave us unprepared to revive a depressed economy, reverse a growing debt burden and renew America's leadership in the 21st century. The country is fed up. Congress' approval rating is now at 9%. So why does Congress have a re-election rate that rivals that of a Middle East dictator (93% over the last 5 years), despite having the lowest approval rating in history?"
  • Healthcare Reform
Excerpt: "While these are important issues to address, the act fails to address problems that are specific to El Paso and the border. As your congressman I will work to make sure that future legislation that carries out the provisions of the PPACA will help, and not hurt, El Paso."
  • Reyes Works?
Excerpt: "You may have seen the billboards reading "Reyes Works", here are the facts: Reyes has one of the worst voting and attendance records in Congress."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "There is greater economic opportunity in this region than in almost any other part of Americas right now. Whether it's our enviable position as the world's largest bi-national metroplex, having the country's largest military installation at Ft. Bliss or the country's newest four-year medical school as the anchor for the Medical Center of the Americas, there is abundant opportunity here."
  • Veterans Affairs
Excerpt: "Our veterans have honorably served our nation. It's time that our nation return the commitment and ensure that they are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, as far too many veterans in El Paso have shared with me, they do not have the support they are owed."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Investment in education is key to the economic vitality of the nation and the region. As we move away from becoming a manufacturing nation, most jobs will come from a highly skilled labor force. Currently, the U.S. must hire 227,000 scientists and engineers from abroad to keep up with the demand in the U.S. economy."
  • Fort Bliss
Excerpt: "From the time of General John Pershing to the stewardship provided today by Major General Pittard, El Paso has been fortunate to have a strong relationship with Ft. Bliss. I will work to ensure that relationship produces more jobs and economic activity for local businesses in the future."
  • Term Limits
Excerpt: "Unfortunately, most house members are career politicians who are more concerned with the next election cycle than in making these tough decisions. They put personal considerations, party loyalty and payback to lobbyists and big donors before principle. "

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

O'Rourke ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He sought the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 16th Congressional District elections, 2012

O'Rourke won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 16th District. He defeated incumbent Silvestre Reyes, Ben Mendoza and Jerome Tilghman in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Barbara Carrasco (R) and Junart Sodoy (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28][29]

According to Politico, Beto O'Rourke presented Reyes' first real primary threat since the incumbent was elected. O'Rourke portrayed Reyes as unresponsive and entrenched; the challenger also raised significant funding and stands to receive support from the Campaign for Primary Accountability. Reyes responded by gathering endorsements from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as pointing out O'Rourke's support of marijuana legalization.[30]

U.S. House, Texas District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeto O'Rourke 65.4% 101,403
     Republican Barbara Carrasco 32.9% 51,043
     Libertarian Junart Sodoy 1.7% 2,559
Total Votes 155,005
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 16 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBeto O'Rourke 50.5% 23,261
Silvestre Reyes Incumbent 44.3% 20,440
Jerome Tilghman 2.8% 1,270
Ben Mendoza 1.5% 701
Paul Johnson, Jr. 0.9% 419
Total Votes 46,091

Opponent targeted

O'Rourke's opponent, incumbent Silvestre Reyes was targeted by the Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability in the 16th District Democratic primary. The PAC targeted Reyes, because he served for a long time, his constituents were dissatisfied and there was a capable challenger.[31]

A Reyes spokesperson criticized the Campaign for Primary Accountability's implicit support of primary Reyes challenger O'Rourke, pointing out that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had contributed to the PAC for its efforts in a Republican primary in Illinois. The Huffington Post reports that O'Rourke responded by distancing himself from Cantor, saying he is unfamiliar with the House Majority Leader's politics, but that "if he is emblematic about Republican ideology," O'Rourke would rarely agree with Cantor.[32]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for O'Rourke is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Rourke raised a total of $685,661 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[33]

Beto O'Rourke's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 16) Won $685,661
Grand Total Raised $685,661

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are O'Rourke's reports.[34]

Beto O'Rourke (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$66,920.12$116,506.56$(38,346.24)$145,080.44
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$145,080.44$102,846.00$(30,746.58)$217,179.86
October Quarterly[37]October 15, 2013$217,179.86$113,580.00$(26,548.28)$304,211.58
Year-End[38]January 31, 2014$304,211$18,209$(36,133)$286,287
Pre-Primary[39]February 20, 2014$286,287$14,285$(5,636)$294,935
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$294,935$16,920$(9,492)$302,363
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2014$302,363$8,678$(44,208)$266,832
October Quarterly[42]October 16, 2014$266,832$25,607$(52,727)$239,712
Running totals
$416,631.56$(243,837.1)

2012

Breakdown of the source of O'Rourke's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

O'Rourke won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Rourke's campaign committee raised a total of $685,661 and spent $618,526.[43] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[44]

Cost per vote

O'Rourke spent $6.10 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, O'Rourke is a "centrist Democrat" as of June 4, 2013.[45]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[46]

O'Rourke most often votes with:

O'Rourke least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, O'Rourke missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[47]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, O'Rourke's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-1,392,926 and $16,529,998. That averages to $7,568,536, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. O'Rourke ranked as the 51st most wealthy representative in 2012.[48]

Beto O'Rourke Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$7,568,53613.75%
2011$6,653,843N/A

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, O'Rourke has voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time. This ranked 63rd among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[49]

Personal

O'Rourke lives in Sunset Heights with his wife, Amy Sanders, and their three children.[3]

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References

  1. El Paso Times, "Beto O'Rourke to challenge Reyes for Congress", September 1, 2011
  2. Newspaper Tree, "Congressional Hispanic Caucus continues to exclude El Paso congressman," accessed October 2, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 National Journal "Texas, 16th House District: Beto O'Rourke (D)," November 7, 2012
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Newspaper Tree, "Congressional Hispanic Caucus continues to exclude El Paso congressman," accessed October 2, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
Silvestre Reyes
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas District 16
2013-present
Succeeded by
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