|U.S. House, Texas, District 16|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Silvestre Reyes (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|El Paso City Council|
|Birthday||September 26, 1972|
|Place of birth||El Paso, Texas|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
O'Rourke won election on November 6, 2012.
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.
- 1999-present: Owner, Stanton Street Technology Group
- 2005-2011: El Paso City Council
- 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
O'Rourke serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Border, Maritime Security
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
O'Rourke's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
- 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. "
O'Rourke ran 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 defeated Barbara Carrasco (R) and Junart Sodoy (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.
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.
|U.S. House, Texas District 16 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 16 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Silvestre Reyes Incumbent||44.3%||20,440|
|Paul Johnson, Jr.||0.9%||419|
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 are dissatisfied, and there is a capable challenger.
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.
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.
|Beto O'Rourke's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 16)||$685,661|
|Grand Total Raised||$685,661|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 16th Congressional District, 2012 - Beto O'Rourke Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$132,479|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$132,575|
|Top contributors to Beto O'Rourke's campaign committee|
|Hoy Fox Automotive||$7,000|
|Alameda Thrifty Pharmacy||$6,650|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
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.
Voting with party
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.
O'Rourke lives in Sunset Heights with his wife, Amy Sanders, and their three children.
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- Texas' 16th congressional district elections, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012
- U.S. House elections, 2012
- Social media:
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- El Paso Times, "Beto O'Rourke to challenge Reyes for Congress", September 1, 2011
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- National Journal "Texas, 16th House District: Beto O'Rourke (D)," November 7, 2012
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Campaign website
- Republican candidate list
- Unofficial Republican primary results
- Politico "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012
- Houston Chronicle blog "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012
- Huffington Post "Eric Cantor Chaos: Campaign For Primary Accountability Donation Becomes Texas Democratic Issue," April 11, 2012
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Beto O'Rourke," Accessed March 25, 2013
- Open Secrets "Beto O'Rourke 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
- Gov Track "Beto O'Rourke," Accessed June 4, 2013
- GovTrack, "Beto O'Rourke," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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