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|Profession = Small Business Owner
 
|Profession = Small Business Owner
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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 November 6, 2012, general election.
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{{tnr}}'''Beto O'Rourke''' (b. September 26, 1972, in El Paso, [[Texas|TX]]) 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.
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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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O’Rourke {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 4, 2014. He will face [[Jaime Perez]] (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==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.<ref name="nj">[http://nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/texas-16th-house-district-20121101 ''National Journal'' "Texas, 16th House District: Beto O'Rourke (D)," November 7, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref name="nj">[http://nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/texas-16th-house-district-20121101 ''National Journal'', "Texas, 16th House District: Beto O'Rourke (D)," November 7, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
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===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
O'Rourke serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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O'Rourke serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security|Committee on Homeland Security]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security|Committee on Homeland Security]]
 
**Subcommittee on Border, Maritime Security
 
**Subcommittee on Border, Maritime Security
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**Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
 
**Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
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==Key votes==
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====113th Congress====
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===National security===
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====HR 644====
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{{Bergdahl exchange 2014 Dem Yes|Name=O'Rourke}}
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====NDAA====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Nay vote}} O'Rourke voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Nay 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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===Economy===
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====Farm bill====
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{{House Farm Bill Dem No|Name=O'Rourke}}
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====2014 Budget====
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{{House Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=O'Rourke}}
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> O'Rourke voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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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.”<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/01/which-lawmakers-will-refuse-their-pay-during-the-shutdown/ ''Washington Post'', "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42596#.UjdQCD9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Abortion====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s060_040.gif|right|290px|thumb|Beto O'Rourke's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, O'Rourke is a '''Moderate Liberal.''' O'Rourke received a score of 64 percent on social issues and 35 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=O'Rourke|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/TX/Beto_O`Rourke.htm ''On The Issues'', "Beto O'Rourke Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Opposes
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|Animals=Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Unknown
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====American response in Syria====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Syria letter|Name=O'Rourke}}
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{{Dem letter on Syria|Name=O'Rourke}}
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===Exclusion from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus===
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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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===SNAP challenge===
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{{SNAP challenge|Name=O'Rourke}}
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===Campaign issues===
 
===Campaign issues===
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
O'Rourke's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[https://www.betoforcongress.com/site Campaign website]</ref>
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O'Rourke's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[https://www.betoforcongress.com/site ''Campaign website'', "Home," accessed June 30, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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*'''Jobs and the Economy
 
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 16th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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O'Rourke {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face [[Jaime Perez]] (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 16th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 16th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
O'Rourke won election in the [[United States Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 16th congressional district elections, 2012|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 November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative Republican candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm Unofficial Republican primary results]</ref>
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O'Rourke won election in the [[United States Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 16th Congressional District elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative ''Texas GOP'', "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm ''Texas Secretary of State'', "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012]</ref>
  
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.<ref name="pol">[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/75895.html ''Politico'' "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref name="pol">[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/75895.html ''Politico'', "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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====Opponent targeted====
 
====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.<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>
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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'' reported that O'Rourke responded by distancing himself from Cantor and saying he was 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>
  
 
==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/33/Beto-O-Rourke Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events O'Rourke attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00033540&cycle=2012&newmem=Y ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Beto O'Rourke," accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
 
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are O'Rourke's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2TX16185 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Beto O'Rourke Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Beto ORourke 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of O'Rourke's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00033540&newmem=Y ''Open Secrets'', "Beto O'Rourke 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00033540&newmem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "Beto O'Rourke 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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O'Rourke spent $6.10 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|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'', "Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2011 and 2012, O'Rourke's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> increased by an average of 11 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', O'Rourke is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]" as of June 4, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/beto_orourke/412575 ''Gov Track'' "Beto O'Rourke," Accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', O'Rourke is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic follower]]" as of July 2014. In June 2013, O'Rourke was rated as a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]."<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/beto_orourke/412575 ''GovTrack'', "Beto O'Rourke," accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412575_Beto_O_Rourke ''OpenCongress'', "Beto O'Rourke," accessed July 18, 2014]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/beto_orourke/412575 ''GovTrack,'' "Beto O'Rourke," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' O'Rourke missed 2 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/beto_orourke/412575 ''GovTrack'', "Beto O'Rourke," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>
  
===Net worth===
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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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O'Rourke ranked 54th in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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The website ''Open Congress'' 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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/votes_with_party/house/democrat ''Open Congress'' "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
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Latest revision as of 15:23, 16 September 2014

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, TX) 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 is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 4, 2014. He will face Jaime Perez (L) in the general election on November 4, 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]

Key votes

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.[5] For more information pertaining to O'Rourke's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Yea3.png On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[7][8] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[8] O'Rourke dissented from the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[7][8]

NDAA

Yea3.png 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png O'Rourke voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png 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.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] O'Rourke voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. O'Rourke joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png 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.[18] 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.[19] O'Rourke voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[21] 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.[22]

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.”[23]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Nay3.png 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.[24]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png 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.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png 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.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png 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.[28]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Beto O'Rourke's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, O'Rourke is a Moderate Liberal. O'Rourke received a score of 64 percent on social issues and 35 percent on economic issues.[29]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[30]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[29]

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.[31]

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.”[31][32]

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.[32]

“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.[32]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. O'Rourke was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[32]

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."[32][33] 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.[32][33]

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.[34]

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.[35] 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.[36]

Campaign issues

2012

O'Rourke's campaign website listed the following issues:[37]

  • 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 is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face Jaime Perez (L) in the general election on 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.[38][39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

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 reported that O'Rourke responded by distancing himself from Cantor and saying he was unfamiliar with the House Majority Leader's politics, but that "if he is emblematic about Republican ideology," O'Rourke would rarely agree with Cantor.[42]

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events O'Rourke attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

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.[43]

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

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.[44]

Beto O'Rourke (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2013$66,920.12$116,506.56$(38,346.24)$145,080.44
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2013$145,080.44$102,846.00$(30,746.58)$217,179.86
October Quarterly[47]October 15, 2013$217,179.86$113,580.00$(26,548.28)$304,211.58
Year-End[48]January 31, 2014$304,211$18,209$(36,133)$286,287
Pre-Primary[49]February 20, 2014$286,287$14,285$(5,636)$294,935
April Quarterly[50]April 15, 2014$294,935$16,920$(9,492)$302,363
July Quarterly[51]July 15, 2014$302,363$8,678$(44,208)$266,832
Running totals
$391,024.56$(191,110.1)

2012

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.[52] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[53]

Cost per vote

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


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

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.[54] Between 2011 and 2012, O'Rourke's calculated net worth[55] increased by an average of 11 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[56]

Beto O'Rourke Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$6,791,541
2012$7,568,536
Growth from 2011 to 2012:11%
Average annual growth:11%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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 "moderate Democratic follower" as of July 2014. In June 2013, O'Rourke was rated as a "centrist Democrat."[59]

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.[60]

O'Rourke most often votes with:

O'Rourke least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, O'Rourke missed 2 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[61]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

O'Rourke ranked 54th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[62]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

O'Rourke voted with the Democratic Party 93.8 percent of the time, which ranked 77th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[63]

2013

O'Rourke voted with the Democratic Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 63rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[64]

Personal

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

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  2. Newspaper Tree, "Congressional Hispanic Caucus continues to exclude El Paso congressman," accessed October 2, 2013
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  55. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  56. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  57. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  58. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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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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