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Beto O'Rourke        

U.S. Representative for the 16th Congressional District of Texas

Beto O'Rourke is an American politician who is the incumbent U.S. Representative for the 16th congressional district in Texas. He assumed the role in January 2013 after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

In 2018, O'Rourke was nominated as a candidate for the Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate race against the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz. When he entered the race, O'Rourke vowed to not accept PAC contributions for his campaign and to run a positive campaign instead of focusing on the negative of the opposing party.

O'Rourke campaigned in all 254 counties in Texas, and despite not accepting any PAC donations, he raised $70 million for the campaign, more than any other U.S. Senate candidate in history. Although he was considered a long shot candidate, O'Rourke was only narrowly defeated by Cruz, with 48.72% of the vote compared to 50.93% for Cruz.

Before being elected to Congress, O'Rourke served on the El Paso City Council from June 2005 to June 2011. He attended Columbia University and graduated in 1995 with a degree in English literature. Upon graduation, O'Rourke co-founded Stanton Street Technology, an internet services and software company, in El Paso.

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Beto O'Rourke Dreams of One Texas. Ted Cruz Sees Another Clearly.

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Beto O'Rourke's Politics of Optimism Are the Future of America

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