Beto O'Rourke | U.S. Representative [D-TX]

Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke at the Inter-American Dialogue in 2016.Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke at the Inter-American Dialogue in 2016.By: Inter-American Dialogue

Beto O'Rourke Contact & Bio Information

Beto O'Rourke
Born 09/26/1972 (Age 47)
Religion:Catholic
Phone Number: 202-225-4831
Official Website: betoorourke.com

Beto O'Rourke Congress Details

Years in Congress: 01/03/2013 - Present
Committees On: Homeland Security & Veterans' Affairs

Beto O'Rourke History

U.S. Representative from Texas (01/03/2013 - Present)
Local Official in Texas (06/01/2005 - 06/27/2011)
College Attended: Columbia ('95)
Degrees Earned: Bachelors Degree English (95)
Prior Occupations: Small Business Owner
Previous Beto O'Rourke Debates
Previous Beto O'Rourke Speaking Engagements
Beto O'Rourke Videos of Speaking Engagements
Beto O'Rourke Morning Joe Interview
Beto O'Rourke spoke with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on "Morning Joe" the morning after the 4th Democratic Debate to discuss his debate performance and where he sees the race just over three months from the start of the 2020 primary season. O'Rourke was pressed on his proposal to "confiscate" assault weapons and whether he was playing into the hands of pro-gun rights groups by using such strong language. He insisted that he is on the right side of history that that he doesn't want to infringe on anyone's right to hunt, but did not back down on whether someone should have the right to own what he calls a weapon of war.
4th Democratic Debate
The fourth Democratic debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, featured twelve candidates all sharing the same stage. Most observers paid close attention to how Senator Elizabeth Warren performance now that she is leading in many national polls and she had a fairly strong night. Eyes were also on Bernie Sanders, who is returning to the race after suffering a heart attack on October 1. He had a strong performance and is, at least for now, seeming to move on from his health emergency. Joe Biden had a relatively strong night without any major gaffes, but without any major memorable moment either.
Beto O'Rourke Cuomo Prime Time Interview
Beto O'Rourke spoke with CNN's Chris Cuomo from San Quentin, California to respond to the criticism he's received from his proposed mandatory gun-buyback program for assault-style rifles. O'Rourke didn't mince words, saying he is "in favor of gun confiscation" if those guns are AK-47's and military grade assault rifles. However, he was just as adamant that he is not interested in taking firearms away from hunters or people who have a gun for self defense purposes. He also claimed that "allowing the NRA to set the terms of the [gun] debate no longer works."
Beto O'Rourke Meet the Press Interview
Beto O'Rourke sat down with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press to discusses his gun reform proposals, insisting that "there is support beyond the Democratic Party" for gun legislation. O'Rourke also discussed how he felt he performed at the most recent Democratic debate and where he thinks the state of the primary race is a few months before the first voters head to the primaries in early 2020.
Beto O'Rourke Post Debate Interview With Tom Llamas
Beto O'Rourke spoke with ABC News Correspondent Tom Llamas after the third Democratic Presidential debate where he was asked about a notable moment during the debate when O'Rourke said "hell yes" when asked by the moderators if he was willing to "take away" Americans assault weapons. O'Rourke doubled down during his interview, saying that he has spoken with many gun owners who told him they "would willingly give that weapon up" because they "don't need it."
3rd Democratic Debate
The third Democratic debate in Houston brought the top ten candidates in the Democratic field onto the same stage for the first time and there was no shortage of lively discussion among the group. The top three candidates - Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders - stuck largely to their typical script, with neither of them delivering any major blows, to the likely relief of Joe Biden. The remaining seven candidates received ample time to deliver their message and answer questions from the moderators, but none appeared to deliver a breakout performance that would shake the top of the field up.
Beto O'Rourke Face The Nation Interview
Beto O'Rourke sat down with Margaret Brennan to discuss the mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, that killed at least seven people and wounded many more. O'Rourke insisted that the vast majority of Americans in both political parties agree that something needs to be done to stop having so many mass shootings in the country and that he thinks common sense gun laws are the best way to get there.
Beto O'Rourke State of the Union Interview
Beto O'Rourke sat down for an interview with Dana Bash to discuss yet another mass shooting in the United States. During the interview, O'Rourke became visibly frustrated with the same old "thoughts and prayers" routine that inevitably happens after every mass shooting and exclaimed that "this is fu*ked up" on live television. He went on to demand that legislatures at the local, state, and federal level begin taking action to stop this scourge of violence inundating our society.
Beto O'Rourke Nightline Interview
Beto O'Rourke spoke with ABC's Nightline to discuss how he feels he's changed after the mass shooting in his home town of El Paso, Texas took the lives of twenty-two people. O'Rourke lamented the culture of mass shootings and violence permeating throughout the country and directly blamed Donald Trump for enabling the shootings, saying the President gives "encouragement" to those "who traffic in racism and intolerance."
Beto O’Rourke Meet The Press Interview
Beto O’Rourke sat down for an interview with Chuck Todd of 'Meet the Press' to discuss reentering the Presidential campaign after taking a number of days off after a mass shooting in his home town of El Paso, Texas. O'Rourke spent much of the interview tearing into Donald Trump's divisiveness, especially on topics like immigration. He accused the President of waging "a concerted, organized attack against immigrants, against people of color, against those who do not look like or pray like or love like the majority in this country.”
Beto O'Rourke Speech Relaunching Presidential Campaign in El Paso, Texas
Beto O'Rourke relaunched his Presidential campaign after taking some time off the trail in the wake of a mass shooting in his home town of El Paso, Texas. O'Rourke spent much of the speech focusing on the scourge of mass shootings plaguing the United States, both directly and indirectly criticizing Donald Trump over his divisive rhetoric and pandering to racists and white nationalists, saying that he wants "to be the leader for this country that we need right now and we do not have ... I want to be the kind of leader for this country that El Paso has raised me and taught me to be."
Beto O'Rourke Morning Joe Interview
Beto O'Rourke was interviewed by the hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe from El Paso, Texas, where he was attending to his home state after one of the worst mass shootings in US history killed nearly two dozen people and left many more critically wounded. O'Rourke harshly criticized Donald Trump for, in his view, stoking racial tensions in the country, particularly his home state of Texas.
Beto O'Rourke Face The Nation Interview
Beto O'Rourke conducted an interview via satellite with CBS's Major Garrett on Face The Nation one day after a gunman slaughtered over twenty people in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. O'Rourke was highly critical of Donald Trump, directly laying blame at the President's feet by saying his rhetoric is inciting hate and domestic terrorism in the country.
Beto O'Rourke Press Conference After El Paso Mass Shooting
Beto O'Rourke held an impromptu press conference hours after a right-wing gunman murdered at least twenty and wounded dozens more in one of the United States worst mass shootings in history. O'Rouke directly called Donald Trump a racist and said the words he says are connected to the mass shooting in El Paso.
Beto O'Rourke AFSCME 2020 Public Service Forum
Beto O'Rourke participated in the AFSCME 2020 Public Service forum, along with 18 other Democratic candidates. Each candidate was given a short opportunity to speak to those in attendance about their plans to strengthen unions after years of decline in membership brought about by a variety of factors.
Beto O'Rourke Post Debate Interview Morning Joe
2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke gave his take away from the first night of the 2nd Democratic Debate. In the interview with Morning Joe, he discussed the Medicare for America' plan, as well as touched on immigration and new poll numbers.
2nd Democratic Debate (1/2)
Night one of the second Democratic debate in Detroit featured two popular progressive candidates speaking the most, Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren, engaging in debates with more moderate candidates on topics including health care, immigration reform & college education. Tim Ryan and John Delaney were the most outspoken in support of more moderate positions providing a contrast while Pete Buttigieg with the 3rd most speaking time focused his criticism on Republicans. Steve Bullock made his first appearance and also defended more moderate positions.
Beto O'Rourke Speech at 2019 NAACP Convention
Beto O'Rourke spoke at the 2019 NAACP Convention in Detroit, Michigan where he addressed racial disparities in the United States, Donald Trump's record with the African American community, and his plan to make America a more inclusive country for all Americans.
Beto O' Rourke LULAC Town Hall
The League of United Latin American Citizens hosted a town hall that featured four Democrats vying for the 2020 Presidential nomination. The four candidates were Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro and former Texas Rep. Beto O' Rourke.
Beto O'Rourke Morning Joe Interview
2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and former Texas Representative, Beto O'Rourke, discussed the Democratic debate on Morning Joe. He touched on issues he had heard the most out while campaigning, as well as his mission to return the power to the people. He said "I'm not running against anybody; I'm running for the U.S."
1st Democratic Debate (1/2)
The first Democratic debate of the 2020 election cycle featured the first ten of twenty candidates who qualified to participate. There were plenty of minor disagreements between the candidates, particularly on immigration, healthcare policy, and Donald Trump. Some notable moments are when Senator Warren publicly called for the elimination of private health insurance (a first for her), Julian Castro's passionate plea for a more inclusive immigration law, and a number of candidates answering questions in Spanish instead of English in a bid to appeal to Hispanic voters.
Beto O'Rourke Chris Mathews Interview
2020 presidential hopeful, Beto O'Rourke recapped his debate performance, and clarified his policy positions, as well as his stance on education. In reference to Julián Castro's criticisms, he told Nicolle Wallace that they didn't "get at the root of the issue."
Beto O'Rourke South Carolina Democratic Party Convention Speech
Beto O'Rourke delivered a speech at the South Carolina Democratic Party Convention in Columbia where he spoke of his history as a legislator from the Southwestern border town of El Paso and explained why he thinks that experience makes him the right person to take on Donald Trump in 2020. O'Rourke also touched on a number of topics, including education, healthcare, and immigration reform.
Beto O'Rourke Stephen Colbert Interview
Former congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Beto O'Rourke explained his simple argument in favor of considering impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. He added that impeachment was not about getting rid of a president, and said "let's be thoughtful about impeachment."
Beto O'Rourke The View Interview
2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke sat down for an interview on ABC's 'The View' to discuss his campaign and his vision for the country if elected.
Beto O'Rourke Meet the Press Interview
Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke was interviewed Chuck Todd on Meet The Press. He was asked about white privilege, healthcare and his run for the 2020 Democratic presidential contest. He said his campaign was about giving opportunities to Americans, and the possibility of advancement for everyone. He praised the diversity of the field in the nominating process. He also said that the diversity of backgrounds, experience and expertise that would be brought to bare on current issues was exceptional.
Beto O'Rourke Announces 2020 Presidential Run
Former Texas Representative, Beto O'Rourke announced his bid for president in an official online video, via YouTube. He spoke about the crisis in the U.S economy, climate, and democracy, saying that they "will either consume us or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America."