Beto O’Rourke

Key Facts

Party Democrat

Background

O’Rourke graduated from Columbia University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He is a former representative on a city council and a small business owner. Powered by People, the organization he founded, has helped register over 250,000 unregistered Texans to vote since its inception in December 2019. Beto is married to Amy O’Rourke and together they are raising three children in El Paso

Key Issues

Abortion

O’Rourke wishes to repeal the Hyde Amendment, a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. He wants to expand access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare services for Texan women.

Civil Rights

O’Rourke believes that conversion therapy for sexuality and gender identity should be banned. He also supports commissions investigating reparations for slavery. 

Crime

O’Rourke intends to allocate more resources to fight hate crime against black trans women. He believed that felons should be able to vote while incarcerated. He also believes Texas should decriminalize opioid and drug use.

Environment

O’Rourke wishes to achieve net zero greenhouse emissions on public lands and price carbon via cap-and-trade to disincentivize use of carbon.

Immigration

O’Rourke intends to expedite the process of allowing asylum seekers to immigrate to the U.S. He wants to end family separation while maintaining that unauthorized immigration is illegal.

Endorsements

Kathleen Rice, Representative for New York

Salud Carbajal, Representative for California

Sean Maloney, Representative for New York

Stephanie Murphy, Representative for Florida

Veronica Escobar, Representative for Texas

The Houston Chronicle

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Farmers Union

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Veterinary Medical Association

Animal Welfare Institute

American Library Association

American Council of Engineering Companies

National Small Business Association (NSBA)

United States Chamber of Commerce

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

League of Women Voters

Hispanic Federation, LCLAA, LULAC, Mi Familia Vota, NCLR, and Voto Latino

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

National Education Association

Outdoor Industry Association Political Action Committee

National Iranian American Council

Sources

https://ballotpedia.org/Presidential_election_endorsements,_2020

https://www.statesman.com/story/news/politics/state/2021/11/21/beto-orourke-texas-governor-campaign-faces-new-obstacles/8623339002/

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/01/18/beto-orourke-fundraising-governor/