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Who is Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke?
A: Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 16th congressional district since 2013.

O’Rourke is a native of what Texas city?
A: El Paso.

When was he born?
A: On September 26, 1972.

Where was he born?
A: At Hotel Dieu Hospital in El Paso.

Where did O'Rourke attend elementary school?
A: Carlos Rivera and Mesita Elementary schools.

In 1988 after spending two years at El Paso High School, where did he enroll?
A: In Woodberry Forest School, an all-male boarding school in Madison County, Virginia.

O'Rourke attended Columbia University where in his junior year he co-captained what?
A: Columbia's heavyweight rowing crew.

 
He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in what?
A: English literature.

He is fluent in what second language?
A: Spanish.

Who are his parents?
A: Patrick “Pat” Francis O'Rourke and his second wife Melissa Martha O'Rourke née Williams.

A fourth-generation Irish American, his family always called him what?
A: "Beto" (a common Spanish nickname for first names ending in "-berto") initially to distinguish him from his namesake grandfather.

His mother was the owner of a what?
A: High-end furniture store.

She is the stepdaughter of whom?
A: Fred Korth, Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy.

His father served in El Paso as what?
A: County Commissioner and then County Judge.

 
In 2018, O'Rourke was the nominee of the Democratic Party in a what?
A: A U.S. Senate race, running against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

Who won the election in November 2018 ?
A: O'Rourke was narrowly defeated by Cruz.

O’Rourke was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 by defeating whom?
A: Incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary that year.

The district includes most of what County?
A: El Paso.

Prior to his election to Congress, O'Rourke was on what?
A: The El Paso City Council from June 2005 to June 2011.

O’Rourke was a political associate of whom?
A: Former Texas Governor Mark White, and served as the state chairman of Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign.

In 1991 he and ran an unsuccessful bid for what?
A: Congress.

 
On May 19, 1995, what did O'Rourke along with his friends do?
A: They set off an alarm when they snuck under the fence at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Physical Plant, and were arrested by UTEP Police Department on burglary charges.

He stayed in jail overnight and did what the next day?
A: Made bail.

Prosecutors dropped charges against O'Rourke and his friends in February 1996 after what?
A: UTEP decided not to press charges.

O'Rourke was arrested, after a crash on Interstate 10 in Anthony, Texas, at 3:00 a.m. on September 27, 1998, for driving what?
A: While intoxicated (DWI), but the charges were dismissed in October 1999 after he completed a court-recommended DWI program.

He has acknowledged his arrests since the beginning of his what?
A: Public life.

On July 3, 2001, O'Rourke's father was riding his bicycle along the shoulder of Pete Domenici Highway when he was what?
A: Struck from behind by a vehicle, throwing him 70 feet (21 m); he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Who delivered the eulogy during the funeral service at St. Patrick's Cathedral?
A: Beto.

 
As a teen, he developed a love for what kind of music?
A: Punk music, along with two of his friends from El Paso.

Who were the two friends?
A: Mike Stevens and Arlo Klahr.

They each began to learn to play what?
A: Musical instruments.

By the beginning of his freshman year at Columbia in 1991, the trio recruited whom?
A: Drummer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and they formed a band.

What was the name of their band?
A: Foss.

During their summers what did they do?
A: They toured the US and Canada.

O'Rourke was a what?
A: A bassist.

 
What did the group release in 1993?
A: A self-titled demo and a 7" record, "The El Paso Pussycats", on Western Breed Records.

Following college, O'Rourke worked as a what?
A: A live-in nanny for a family in Manhattan.

Next, where did he get a job?
A: At Hedley's Humpers as an art mover.

After that he worked with his uncle at a what?
A: A startup Internet service provider.

During this time, he fell into a what?
A: A depression, unsure of what to do with his life.

Interested in the publishing industry, he found a job as a what?
A: A proofreader at H. W. Wilson Company in the Bronx.

What did he do in his free time?
A: He wrote short stories and songs.

 
He began to miss what?
A: His family and lifestyle in El Paso, and returned to the city in 1998.

After coming home, O'Rourke wanted to tackle what?
A: The "brain-drain" of El Paso, or the exodus of youth because of lack of opportunity.

The following year, he co-founded what?
A: Stanton Street Technology, an Internet services and software company that develops websites and software.

Who operates the business as of March 2017?
A: His wife, Amy.

For a few years, the company also published what?
A: An online (and briefly print) newspaper.

O'Rourke was involved with civic organizations and nonprofit groups such as what?
A: El Paso's Rotary Club chapter, United Way branch, and Center Against Sexual and Family Violence.

He also sat on what boards?
A: The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and of the Institute for Policy and Economic Development at UTEP.

 
During his childhood, his father would often bring him along to meet people where?
A: At campaign stops and other political events.

As an adult he has volunteered for the campaigns of several local politicians including whom?
A: José Rodríguez 2002 reelection as El Paso County Attorney and Eliot Shapleigh 2002 and 2006 reelections as Texas State Senator.

O'Rourke was inspired politically after the successful 2001 mayoral run of Raymond Caballero, whose platform promoted what idea?
A: The idea that El Paso was great and should expect greatness of itself, ideas O'Rourke's own father had espoused as well.

In mid-2005, O'Rourke ran for what office?
A: The El Paso City Council, running on a platform of downtown development and border reform.

O'Rourke, Byrd, and Ortega all ran for office and all won; they came to be collectively referred to as what?
A: "The Progressives."

O'Rourke defeated whom?
A: Two-term incumbent City Councilman Anthony Cobos 57 percent to 43 percent.

O'Rourke is one of the youngest representatives ever to have what?
A: Served on the City Council.

 
In 2007, he won re-election to a second term, defeating whom?
A: Trini Acevedo 70 percent to 30 percent.

During his first term, he backed a development plan that would do what?
A: Convert a depressed area of El Paso into a business district, including an arena, major retailers, and an arts walk.

The initiative faced opposition from whom?
A: Principally from small businesses and Chicano activists who did not want the historic El Segundo Barrio neighborhood gentrified.

O'Rourke responded with what?
A: An on-foot campaign to residents of the neighborhood.

Ultimately, the redevelopment plans were only what?
A: Partially realized.

In January 2009, O'Rourke sponsored a resolution calling for a "comprehensive examination" of what?
A: The War on Drugs and "the repeal of ineffective marijuana laws".

The resolution, which was unanimously supported by his colleagues on the El Paso City Council, was vetoed by whom?
A: Then-Mayor John Cook and spurred a larger national discussion on the topic.

 
In 2012, O'Rourke filed for the Democratic primary against whom?
A: The eight-term Silvestre Reyes to represent Texas's 16th congressional district.

What was seen as the real contest in the deeply Democratic, Latino-majority district?
A: The primary.

Who ran O’Rourke's field operation?
A: Byrd, and Escobar was head of communication.

O'Rourke took 50.5 percent of the vote, just a few hundred votes above what?
A: The threshold required to avoid a runoff against Reyes.

He defeated his Republican opponent, Barbara Carrasco, in the general election with what percentage of the vote?
A: 65 percent.

As a Congressman, he has held at least one “what”, every month?
A: A town hall meeting.