Robert 'Beto' O'Rourke CC '95 is an American politican who has held numerous positions throughout his home state of Texas, and was one of four prominent Columbians running for the democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
O'Rourke is from El Paso, Texas. Sometime during his time there and at the Woodberry Forest boarding school in Virginia, he would meet his fellow bandmates with whom he would later found the rock band Foss.
Time at Columbia
O'Rourke seemed to have an inextraordinary but typical experience at Columbia. He was most notably a member of the Rowing Team, which like many of his boarding school counterparts, may or may not have helped him get in. Contrary to this preppy image, however, it sounds like O'Rourke was quite the bad-boy, skateboarding in the dorms and performing with his punk-rock band. His favorite lithum book was The Odyssey(how vanilla).
Life after Columbia
O'Rourke would work an odd variety of jobs in NYC before moving home to Texas to run for local office. First elected to the El Paso City Council in 2005, he would work his way up to serving in the United States House of Representatives.
In 2005, he also married Amy Sanders, a public education advocate whose familial wealth would amplify conversations about O'Rourke's privilege's in his 2020 presidential run.
2018 Senate Run
In 2018, O'Rourke lost the Texas U.S Senate Race to incumbent Ted Cruz.